Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5434C

Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5244 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anne Fitzpatrick +61 3 9935 0329

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:

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


Encourage and support young people to develop and use networks

Performance Criteria:

1  Identify and note young people’s issues, needs or interests in community issues
2  Encourage and support young people to identify the commonality of their issues, needs and interests
3  Discuss possibilities for responding to those needs and interests
4  Provide structured or unstructured opportunities for young people with similar interests or needs
5  Encourage and support young people to identify relationships between their issues / interests and social structures
6  Encourage young people to work together to take joint action


Support young people to come together to plan collective action

Performance Criteria:

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

1  Identify other stakeholders interested in the issue or strategy
2  Identify the interest, resources and possible roles of stakeholders
3  Support young people in contacting, informing and negotiating alliances with stakeholders
4  Assist young people and stakeholders are to maintain appropriate contact and information flow
5  Encourage young people to acknowledge key stakeholder support


Support young people to implement their strategies or action plans

Performance Criteria:

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


Work within a community development framework

Performance Criteria:

1  Articulate key principles, process and goals of community development practice
2  Use effective community development processes
3  Work effectively with diversity in the community
4  Address individual issues arising within community development work and respond within duty of care requirements
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

The learning activities you will participate in as part of this course will include:

  • analysis of relevant reading material
  • group discussions
  • reflection on own practice.

Teaching Schedule

This course will be delivered in the May workshop which will go from 9.30-4.30 pm.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. These resources will also be available through Blackboard. You will also have access to the resources in the library.

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

For this course you will be assessed using the following methods:

  • UNDERPINNING KNOWLEDGE QUESTION -To research a range of materials and address the set questions by discussing with peers and documenting conclusions drawn. Discussion and reflection to be focused on how Youth Work concepts and principles covered in the readings and workshops apply in the context of developing and supporting a community of practice. Due April 18th. 
  • RESEARCH PAPER -As part of this assessment task you will be required to read the policy framework “Positive pathways for Victoria’s vulnerable young people” (located on USB) and reflect on the implications of this framework on your current work practice Due September 26th. 
  • EVIDENCE PORTFOLIO A compilation of evidence examples of the students’ roles and responsibilities within the youth work program and of work undertaken within their own community/organization. Final due date: November.

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment. The grades are as follows:

  • 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 the workshop 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 the 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  

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  

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  

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  

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