Course Title: Youth Policy (Youth Work Theory and Practice 5)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Youth Policy (Youth Work Theory and Practice 5)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Kathy Edwards

Course Coordinator Phone: 99258260

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.29

Course Coordinator Availability: appointments by arrangement

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is centrally concerned with the role of youth workers as policy advocates. In this course you will develop a critical and practical appreciation of how policy is made, who the key players are in making policy related to young people and the power dynamics that shape policy development. You will critically analyse key aspects of historical and contemporary youth policy and consider the ways in which policy impacts on the lives of young people and the practice of youth work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe and discuss key policy concepts, processes, institutions and actors involved in the creation of policy related to young people
  • Critique and analyse ways in which young people are ‘problematised’ in social policy
  • Apply critical analysis and research skills in order to engage in policy analysis and advocacy related to youth work practice
  • Consider and critically analyse how social, political, economic and ideological influences shape policy

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including participation in structured seminar activities, lectures, and opportunities for in-depth exploration of case materials. Lectures may occasionally be presented by guests who have been invited because of their expertise in a specific policy area.

You are expected to identify and monitor current policy developments that are relevant to this course. For example, you are expected to monitor media discussion and analysis of policy processes and familiarise yourself with current major youth-related policies and commentaries by major youth policy actors, such as relevant peak bodies, NGOs and government departments.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include reports, essays, tests, mock submissions, and presentations concerning contemporary youth policy issues. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: