Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: HWSS5434C

Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5244 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

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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

There are no pre or co-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit identifies the knowledge and skills needed to enable young people to participate in the decision-making that affect their lives
It describes ‘power with’ community development processes with young people

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH504A Support young people to take collective action


Assist young people to monitor and evaluate strategies

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Support groups to monitor and record progress
6.2 Assist groups to identify outcomes and consequences (intended or unintended) of their actions on an on-going basis
6.3 Evaluate strategies and group processes
6.4 Provide reports of outcomes as appropriate to stakeholders and within the organisation
6.5 Celebrate achievements, including personal development, skills development and social change


Encourage and support young people to develop and use networks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and note young people's issues, needs or interests in community issues
2.2 Encourage and support young people to identify the commonality of their issues, needs and interests
2.3 Discuss possibilities for responding to those needs and interests
2.4 Provide structured or unstructured opportunities for young people with similar interests or needs
2.5 Encourage and support young people to identify relationships between their issues / interests and social structures
2.6 Encourage young people to work together to take joint action


Support young people to come together to plan collective action

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure young people have the relevant skills and knowledge to operate in a collective way, e.g. knowledge shortfalls, meeting skills, auditing skills and knowledge
3.2 Map and monitor youth participation processes, particularly decision-making and inclusion processes of groups
3.3 Support, encouragement and opportunities are provided to young people to enable them to:
• meet and work effectively together in common interest groups
• promote / publicise groups to enable broader youth participation where appropriate
• express and explore their views and identify issues of common concern
• explore options for addressing issues and needs collectively within existing structures and in revised structures
• use group processes to generate ideas, evaluate and select strategies for taking collective action
• plan the selected strategies, including actions, resources, timelines and responsibilities required
• identify the information, skills and resources that are already available and required to take action
• access or provide available resources and support on an ongoing basis


Support young people to identify and form alliances with key stakeholders

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify other stakeholders interested in the issue or strategy
4.2 Identify the interest, resources and possible roles of stakeholders
4.3 Support young people in contacting, informing and negotiating alliances with stakeholders
4.4 Assist young people and stakeholders are to maintain appropriate contact and information flow
4.5 Encourage young people to acknowledge key stakeholder support


Support young people to implement their strategies or action plans

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Provide relevant information as required to individuals and the group to facilitate better operation of collective networks
5.2 Provide individual or group support on an ongoing basis
5.3 Use group processes to monitor progress and adapt or further develop plans


Work within a community development framework

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Articulate key principles, process and goals of community development practice
1.2 Use effective community development processes
1.3 Work effectively with diversity in the community
1.4 Address individual issues arising within community development work and respond within duty of care requirements
1.5 Work with young people in formal and informal groups

Learning Outcomes

Undertaking study in this unit will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to support groups of young people in taking action to meet their needs or responding to community issues.

Details of Learning Activities

Classes are scheduled on the last Friday of every month throughout the year. Students will be given readings in preparation for each workshop. Led by industry leaders, these workshops take students through a variety of in-class tasks and scenarios with the intention of extending their current working knowledge of Youth Work practice. The work undertaken in class is invaluable for the assessment tasks.
It is expected that time spent out of the classroom will be dedicated to completing the various assessment tasks listed below.
Students will be expected to make use of the Learning Hub as part of their on-line studies which are part of the course.

Teaching Schedule

Students meet the last Friday of every month to undertake a workshop which will focus on each of the competencies.
An RPL process is undertaken with each student within the first 6 weeks of the course.
After each workshop students will be given an underpinning knowledge question to complete for the following workshop. The other assessments are completed throughout the year.

Learning Resources

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Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit enables participants to gain skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to their workplace while being encouraged to share current work practices. Assessment tasks involve team and individual projects and written assessment including questions and case studies. Based on your individual learning plan, you will be offered a number of learning strategies including workshop attendance, project work development and workplace support to your assessment needs for this program.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be involved in a variety of assessment tasks throughout the course, including:
• Simulations
• A major project brief
• A final project report
• Underpinning knowledge questions and answers (one per month)
• A research essay
• An evidence portfolio
• Workshop participation

Assessment Matrix

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