Course Title: Youth Work 3: Youth Praxis, Policy and Programs

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Youth Work 3: Youth Praxis, Policy and Programs

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Kathy Edwards

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8260

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course assumes that you have completed POLI1066 Public Policy and/or its equivalent.

Course Description

This course considers the relationship between Youth Work practice, research, policy formation and implementation and the programs developed to address perceived service requirements and constraints. In this course, you will engage in analyses of Youth Work programs, identifying the circumstances and considerations that have contributed to their intentions, standing in the Sector and delivery approaches.

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.
  • Apply logic, creativity and criticality to conceptualise the agency of young people in navigating their social, cultural, political, economic, spatial and temporal dimensions of citizenship.
  • 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.

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

  1. Analyse the complex and interconnected influences of policy, research and professional stakeholders across the Youth Sector in relation to the development and establishment of Youth Work Programs.
  2. Critically evaluate the formulation of a specific Youth Work Program, with regards to purpose, service and the young people and/or sector it targets.
  3. Navigate the policy frameworks that enable and constrain Youth Work practice and Programs.
  4. Articulate the political, social, cultural, environmental and economic considerations that inform Youth Policy development and implementation.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is facilitated through a series of lectures and workshops. In the lectures theoretical perspectives for understanding and examining the intersections between policy, research and programs will be developed.  In the workshops, you will explore the application of these theoretical understandings to case studies from the Youth Sector and Youth Work practice.

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: Quiz: Key Policy Concepts, 20% Weighting, CLO 1,2,3,4.

Task 2: Take home test: Policy Cycle and Young Peoples Participation, 20% Weighting, CLO 1, 2, 3, 4.

Task 3: Policy Proposal - 

  1. Finding Policy and Programs, 1000 words, 20% weighting, CLO 1,2,3,4
  2. Policy Proposal, 1500 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: