Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: HWSS5434C

Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5250 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Spiros Soulis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4230

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Spiros Soulis - Course Coordinator

9925 4230

Zaina Nehme - Teacher

9925 4552 

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


1 Work within a community development framework
2 Encourage and support young people to develop and use networks
3 Support young people to come together to plan collective action
4 Support young people to identify and form alliances with key stakeholders
5 Support young people to implement their strategies or action plans
6 Assist young people to monitor and evaluate strategies

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

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

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
- 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

 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

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

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

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

During the course of the year you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in this unit via a variety of learning activities designed to complement and enhance your professional practice. These activities will include:

Responses to underpinning knowledge questions which you will be given over the course of the year

Simulations and role plays

Production of an evidence portfolio - showcasing the work you have done or are doing in relation to the unit topic

Planning, implementing and evaluation of a youth-specific project

Teaching Schedule

This course is clustered with other Units in the Diploma - with teaching and learning taking place through:

Workshop attendance and participation

Assessment tasks

Work-based projects and reflection

Study and research - class and work based

Field trips

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be expected to access resources via RMIT’s online learning systems - training on how to use these systems will be provided to you during your orientation. Additional resources will be provided to you as required.

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

Your competency in this course will be assessed using a variety of methods including:

Responses to underpinning knowledge questions which you will be given over the course of the year

Simulations and role plays

Production of an evidence portfolio - showcasing the work you have done or are doing in relation to the unit topic

Planning, implementing and evaluation of a youth-specific project


Specific and detailed guidelines for each task will be made available to you during your Orientation and are included in your student manual.

Assessment Matrix

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