Course Title: Youth Work 1: An Introduction to the Field

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Youth Work 1: An Introduction to the Field

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

This course contains a hurdle task, and is a prerequisite for Youth Work 2: Field Education 1 (Engaging in Industry), Youth Work 4: Field Education 2 (Working with Industry) and Youth Work 5: Field Education 3 (Working for Industry).

The Hurdle Task includes successfully applying for and receiving a Working With Children Check and National Police Check.


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS2229

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Michael Emslie

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8272

Course Coordinator Email: michael.emslie@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course contains a hurdle task, and is a prerequisite for Youth Work 2: Field Education 1 (Engaging in Industry), Youth Work 4: Field Education 2 (Working with Industry) and Youth Work 5: Field Education 3 (Working for Industry).

The Hurdle Task includes successfully applying for and receiving a Working With Children Check and National Police Check.


Course Description

This course provides an overview to the field of Youth Work, and the broader range of roles that a graduate of this program might undertake throughout their career. The course explores the contested nature of Youth Work and its origins. It considers where and for whom Youth Work is practiced, and explores the scholarly, theoretical and professional bodies of knowledge from which it is informed.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply interdisciplinary bodies of theoretical knowledge and practical wisdom and skills to the scholarship of Youth Studies, praxis of Youth Work and orientation to professional human services.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect upon the factors, agencies and influences that shape the life-worlds, experiences and aspirations of young people to consider enabling models of practice and interventions.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally using a range of appropriate modalities and genres suitable to broad stakeholders across the Youth Sector, including young people, statutory agencies, families, government and other professionals.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify increasingly diverse settings in which Youth Work is practised, and the roles of Youth Work Professionals.
  2. Synthesise and outline the contentious nature of Youth Work in light of history, a changing landscape service contexts and theoretical underpinnings.
  3. Meet the statutory requirements for entering the Youth Work Sector as pre-service training.
  4. Analyse the key functions of workers across the Youth Sector in relation to the relevant policy, statutory and practice stakeholders
  5. Critically evaluate your potential contributions to the field of Youth Work in light of early theoretical and practice understandings.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is facilitated through a series of online and face-to –face seminars and workshops. It begins with a seminar series regarding history, trends and practices of Youth Work, facilitated by RMIT staff and industry partners. The seminars then move to industry settings, which provide the stimulus for your reflection upon what the role of Youth Work and Workers are and could be.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. This includes resources such as weekly readings, assessment supports, requirements for workshop and seminar participation and notes from classes.

The University Library has extensive resources for [discipline] students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.


Overview of Assessment

Hurdle Task: Working With Children Check and National Police Check. As it is a requirement of the Youth Sector to have these clearances, it is a hurdle requirement of this Course that you should have these in place in time to attend the Industry-based seminars. The fulfilment of this requirement at this time, and successful completion of the course assessment then enables you to undertake Field Education experiences.

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment may include:

Task 1: Reflection: Why Youth Work? 500 words, 15%, CLO 1, 5

Task 2: Analysis of descriptions of Youth Work across time and place, 1500 words, 35% weighting

Task 3: Comparative analysis of two Youth Work settings, in light of theoretical and professional bodies of knowledge, 2500 Words, 50% weighting, CLO 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment