Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS6023C

Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Trevor Bayley

Nominal Hours: 55

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to enable young people to participate in the decision-making that affects their lives and applies to youth work where the primary concern is to support groups of young people in taking action to meet their needs or responding to community issues.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH008 Support young people to take collective action


1. Encourage and support young people to develop and use networks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and note young people’s issues, needs or interests in community issues

1.2 Encourage and support young people to identify common issues, needs and interests

1.3 Discuss possibilities for responding to identified common issues, needs and interests

1.4 Provide opportunities for young people with similar interests or needs

1.5 Support and encourage young people to identify relationships between their issues/interests and social structures

1.6 Encourage young people to work together to take joint action


2. Support young people to come together to plan collective action

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ensure young people have the relevant skills and knowledge to operate in a collective way

2.2 Map and monitor youth participation processes, particularly decision-making and inclusion processes of groups

2.3 Provide support, encouragement and opportunities to young people to enable them to communicate and interact with others to coordinate a planned action


3. Support young people to identify and form alliances with key stakeholders

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify other stakeholders interested in the issue or strategy

3.2 Gauge the interest, resources and possible roles of stakeholders

3.3 Support young people in contacting, informing and negotiating alliances with stakeholders

3.4 Assist young people and stakeholders to maintain appropriate contact and information flow

3.5 Encourage young people to acknowledge key stakeholder support


4. Support young people to implement their strategies or action plans

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Provide relevant information as required to individuals and the group to facilitate better operation of collective networks

4.2 Offer individual or group support on an ongoing basis

4.3 Use group processes to monitor progress and adapt or further develop plans


5. Assist young people to monitor and evaluate strategies

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Support groups to monitor and record progress

5.2 Assist groups to identify outcomes and consequences (intended or unintended) of their actions on an ongoing basis

5.3 Evaluate strategies and group processes

5.4 Provide reports of outcomes as appropriate to stakeholders and within the organisation

5.5 Celebrate achievements, including personal development, skills development and social change

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s on line learning management tool “Blackboard. Other essential learning activities take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies. Some learning activities that you will undertake in the workshops are:
• Class discussion
• Documentary viewing and discussion
• Group work project
• Questioning
• Reflections and reviewing own value systems and practice

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule for this course is as follows:

Week 1

  • Introduction to the course 
  • Learning intentions – Overview of Skills and Knowledge required
  • Workplace and work role context
  • Overview of assessment tasks
  • Collective Action – what is it and to what ends
  • Collective action theory
  • Examples of youth collective action globally/locally
  • Needs Analysis: how to support YP to identify community needs.
  • Building networks/ communities for social change

Week 2

  • Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session
  • Overview of assessment tasks
  • Skills required to work collaboratively
  • Decision making
  • Principles and practice of Inclusion
  • Working with networks
  • In class assessment task – respond to questions on a case study of collective action in youth work (DVD). Responses are to be written up and submitted in class.

Week 3

  • Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session
  • Overview of assessment tasks
  • An action research approach to working with young people in the workplace.
  • Action research theory


  • In class preparation for written assessment task about your workplace practice:

1) working collectively with YP in your workplace to ensure young people’s ideas and opinions are reflected in the programs that you deliver

2) Getting support from your workplace and other stakeholders for the youth program you deliver

3) Evaluating your program delivery with young people, your workplace and other stakeholders

  • Learning reflection: skills and knowledge gained.
  • Evaluation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Additional resources will also be available in . A set of readings will be made available to you including journals and texts that may support you in the program.

Overview of Assessment


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria).

Assessments will include:



Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Assessment one

Develop a consultation plan for engaging with young people 


Assessment two

Funding application to allow young people to take action 

This assessment will be graded for academic skills



Assessment three

Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for the project  developed with the young people


Assessment four

Work Integrated Learning, work placement and work place assessments

240 hours WIl, 1200 word written report, work place assessment, third party report 


-       assessment requirements aligned to WIL activities.

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:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca


Assessment Tasks

1. Classroom based assessment. Students will work in groups to develop a written response to a case study on a collective action undertaken by young people in the Flemington community, with the support of local community organisations.
After viewing a DVD students will respond to questions about
i. How the opportunity for young people’s collective action was identified
ii. How the young people were supported to come together to plan collective action as a group
iii. How the young people were supported to identify and form alliances with key stakeholders
iv. How the young people were supported to implement their plans for collective action
v. How the young people were supported to monitor and evaluate their strategies for collective action
b. Reflection on the opportunities you have in your role as a youth worker to support young people to take colletive action


2. Written assessment task about working collectively  with young people in your role as a youth worker. Students will respond to questions about
I. Consulting young people to include their ideas and opinions about the youth program you deliver,
II. Getting support from the workplace and other stakeholders where possible
III. Revising the program based on feedback from the YP
IV. Evaluating the program with YP and the workplace
V. Presenting the evaluating to the YP, your workplace and other stakeholders

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course. These are available from the Program Co-ordinator.

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7 (unresolved)

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1 (unresolved)

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n (unresolved)

A Police Check and Working with Children Check – This course requires both documents before placement can begin

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