Course Title: Youth Work 2: Field Education 1 (Engaging in Industry)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Youth Work 2: Field Education 1 (Engaging in Industry)

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

There is a prerequisite for this course: - HWSS2229 - Youth Work 1: An introduction to the Field. It is also expected that you will have a current Working with Children Check & National Police Check.

This is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course which means that you will be expected to undertake 10 days of structured observation in an industry placement. Our WIL team will work with you to organise this part of your curriculum experience. You are not able to undertake this placement without meeting all requirements and having an active WIL agreement in place.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Mish Colla

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2328

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There is a prerequisite for this course: - HWSS2229 - Youth Work 1: An introduction to the Field. It is also expected that you will have a current Working with Children Check & National Police Check.

Course Description

This course provides a first formal learning experience within the Youth Sector or a related field. It explores the different organisations, stakeholders and services and their interconnectedness. The course considers the role of government, funding, policy and other statutory frameworks that influence how the sector responds and shapes itself to the demands of young people and of the broader society.

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.
  • Engage responsibly and ethically in professional relationships, whilst attending to the wide range of complex issues regarding young people and other key stakeholders, in the execution of your duty of care.
  • 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.
  • Design and conduct professional and scholarly research projects relating to Youth Work, Youth Studies and the contexts of young people thoughtfully, ethically, respectfully and inclusively.

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. Represent the complex and interconnected matrix of stakeholders across the Youth Sector in relation to the relevant policy, statutory and professional practice.
  3. Undertake a small ethnographic study within a Youth Work agency and/or service and present key findings
  4. Critically evaluate the skills and knowledge requisite for working in the Youth Sector.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is predominantly situated within a Youth Work or Youth Sector setting, where you will participate as an observer over 10 days/nights. Drawing upon an induction seminar and online modules, you will reflect upon your experiences within a setting and engagement with industry professionals to undertake a deep and critical immersion. You will participate in an online community of practice, collaborating and sharing insights with peers in other settings. A final seminar will draw you and your peers back together to share learnings, synthesise professional understandings and outline your ethnographic experience.

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 and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

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: Journal entry: Early reflections: After the first three days 500 words, 20%, CLO 3, 4

Task 2: Online forum posts: Responses to 10 key learning prompts and engagement in peer forum 1500 Words, 40% weighting, CLO 1, 2, 4

Task 3: Ethnographic presentation: deep reflections on my Youth Setting. 2000 Words, 40% weighting, CLO 1, 2, 3, 4


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: