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


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Ronnie Egan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1105

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course, HWSS2229 - Youth Work 1: An introduction to the Field before you commence this course.

Course Description

This is a skills-based course, which explores the development of practical capabilities needed in youth work practice. The skills and knowledge developed prepare you for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) field education placement experiences.

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.
  • 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.
  • Develop practical skills, placement preparation authorisations (police check, working with children check) and career preparation documents that set the foundation for undertaking Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities.

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 of an 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 prepares you for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activities in the following years of your program. Drawing upon classroom-based skills development activities and associated theoretical knowledge, you will develop an understanding of the practical abilities needed to work with young people and be able to apply these in a classroom setting. You will participate in class-based interactive small-group activities, engage in associated discussions and share insights with peers.

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 Youth Work 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: Placement preparation tasks, 20%, CLO 4

Task 2: Case notes, 800 words, 40%, CLO 1,2,3

Task 3: Organisational ethnographic study, 2000 Words, 40%, 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 Equity 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: