Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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’s 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 may be required to undertake are:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • responses to case studies
  • workplace simulations and role plays of youth work practice
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • workshops
  • design activities or projects
  • group projects
  • peer learning
  • guest lecture/presentation
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • group activities/projects
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
  • practical placement

Teaching Schedule


Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.




Elements of Competency


Introduction to Unit

Learning intentions – Overview of Skills and Knowledge required

Workplace and work role context












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


Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session

Relationship to work role

Skills required to work collaboratively

Decision making

Principles and practice of Inclusion



Case study exploration: Collective action in practice




Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session





Collective action case study exploration and write up



Learning Intentions reflection: skills and knowledge gained.


Youth Programs

Identify area of Youth Programs for analysis

Evidence and Data

Identified need and resources

Innovation Skills


Learning Intentions reflection: skills and knowledge gained.



Prepare & Deliver



Strategic planning / Consultation

Risk taking / Risk management/



Learning Intentions reflection: skills and knowledge gained.



Monitor and evaluate

Evaluation strategies

Monitoring activities

Reporting to stakeholders





Learning Intentions reflection: skills and knowledge gained.



Bring it all together



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



You are advised to look at the course at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources


RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

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


Assessment one: Report – written response to case study – race profiling and police intervention and young people’s collective action response.


WIL Assessment


Assessment two: WIL work placement report – identify impacts of social issues on three young people.  Identify impacts of social institutions on clients, age related factors and service provided by the agency.  Evaluation of impacts on own work role and revising approach based on evaluation.  

Assessment Matrix


Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed

Other Information


Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions
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 implications of plagiarism.


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


Applying for an Extension

Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.


Applying for Special Consideration

If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.


If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:

The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing


Plagiarism and Collusion

Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.


Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
  • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student's work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
  • Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.


For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 (unresolved) – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93


Plagiarism Software

The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:


Complaints Procedure:

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.


Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.


Student Complaints Policy:

Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22

Student Complaints Form:



Police Checks

Students must obtain their own police check by the due date and pay the associated costs. Students who do not obtain a required police clearance by the due date shall not be able to undertake a practical placement or work experience activity that requires a Police Check.


The University shall not be obligated to organise a placement for a student who does not wish to obtain a Police Check.


Where required by the workplace, students shall provide a copy of their police check on request.


If a student is rejected by a workplace on the basis of a Police Check, the following actions shall occur, as appropriate:

-               advise the student of the outcome; and

-               discuss placement options with the student; and/or

-               provide program and career counselling.


RMIT will not store Police Checks on student files.


Working with Children Check

Students must obtain a Working with Children card by the due date and pay the associated costs. Students who do not obtain clearance to work with children by the due date shall not be able to undertake a practical placement or work experience activity that requires a Working with Children card.


The University shall not be obligated to organise a placement for a student who does not wish to complete the prescribed form for a Working with Children card at the appropriate time.


Where required by the workplace, students shall provide evidence of their Working with Children Check on request.


If a student is rejected by a workplace on the basis of a Working with Children, the following actions shall occur, as appropriate:

-               advise the student of the outcome; and

-               discuss placement options with the student; and/or

-               provide program and career counselling.


Early Termination of Placement


Under section 6 of the WIL Procedure, a placement may be ended early by the host organisation or School due to the student’s conduct and/or performance during the placement.


Possible reasons for such decisions may include, but are not limited to-


  • failure to follow processes required for safety
  • breach of client or patient confidentiality
  • failure to comply with the instructions of supervisors
  • or other unprofessional behaviour


Where a placement ends early, a meeting will be convened to discuss the sequence of events that led to the termination. This meeting will precede any consideration of a student’s progress by the Progress Panel (if applicable) or Program Assessment Board.

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