Course Title: Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: HWSS5665C

Course Title: Work effectively with young people in the youth work context

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4262 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4115

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Nominal Hours: 70

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


Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work in the youth work context.
The unit focuses on the historical and contemporary youth sector practice and understanding of the current status of young people.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH402B Work effectively with young people in the youth work context


Apply understanding of the context of youth work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Apply knowledge of youth contexts to youth work practice
2.2 Identify legal frameworks which impact on context of youth work
2.3 Research, maintain and apply models and frameworks of youth work in a variety of youth work contexts
2.4 Develop a comprehensive understanding of the youth sector


Apply understanding of the social, historical, economic, legal and political contexts of young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Assess and respond to the needs of young people within the context of their experiences
1.2 Research, analyse and maintain up to date knowledge and awareness of the social, political , economic and legal contexts of young people
1.3 Research, analyse and apply understanding of youth policy in practices of youth work
1.4 Apply understanding of the historical and cultural constructs of youth and the changing context of young people


Work with understanding of the impact of values in determining the approach to working with young people

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify, and reflect on own values and experiences which may impact on approaches to youth work
4.2 Work with awareness of organisation values
4.3 Match interventions and supports appropriate to the young persons own values


Work within the core values and practice frameworks of youth work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess core youth work practice values to ensure supports and interventions are young person-centred
3.2 Apply practice frameworks to maximise support for the young person as a unique individual
3.3 Demonstrate support for the young person's rights and safety including access and equity of services

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit applies to work undertaken in all youth work roles where the young person is the primary client.  Students will spend their class time looking at the various contexts within which young people are located, historically, politically, socially and economically, and look at how that relates to working with them today.  They will also look at the developmental stages of children and young people.  These will all be applied to the youth work context that students will find themselves in when working within the youth sector.

Teaching Schedule

Classes for this subject are held at the beginning of semester one from February to March 2013, for sic (6) weeks.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT Library
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this unit will include class-based activities, work placement, written and oral tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment for this unit is conducted both during the class sessions through a series of physical and practical exercises.  Students will be asked to make a group presentation on a given topic.  A written assessment piece due at the end of the classes will show that students have consilidated the theories and ideas presented to them.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see: 

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:

  1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
  2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:

  • You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or
  • You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
  • You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Academic Integrity
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If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing 

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:

  • Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
  • Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
  • Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
  • Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
  • Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
  • Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.

Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y 

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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