Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: HWSS6023C

Course Title: Support young people to take collective action

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 55

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

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to enable young people to participate in the decision-making that affects their lives and applies to youth work where the primary concern is to support groups of young people in taking action to meet their needs or responding to community issues.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH008 Support young people to take collective action


1. Encourage and support young people to develop and use networks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and note young people’s issues, needs or interests in community issues

1.2 Encourage and support young people to identify common issues, needs and interests

1.3 Discuss possibilities for responding to identified common issues, needs and interests

1.4 Provide opportunities for young people with similar interests or needs

1.5 Support and encourage young people to identify relationships between their issues/interests and social structures

1.6 Encourage young people to work together to take joint action


2. Support young people to come together to plan collective action

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ensure young people have the relevant skills and knowledge to operate in a collective way

2.2 Map and monitor youth participation processes, particularly decision-making and inclusion processes of groups

2.3 Provide support, encouragement and opportunities to young people to enable them to communicate and interact with others to coordinate a planned action


3. Support young people to identify and form alliances with key stakeholders

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify other stakeholders interested in the issue or strategy

3.2 Gauge the interest, resources and possible roles of stakeholders

3.3 Support young people in contacting, informing and negotiating alliances with stakeholders

3.4 Assist young people and stakeholders to maintain appropriate contact and information flow

3.5 Encourage young people to acknowledge key stakeholder support


4. Support young people to implement their strategies or action plans

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Provide relevant information as required to individuals and the group to facilitate better operation of collective networks

4.2 Offer individual or group support on an ongoing basis

4.3 Use group processes to monitor progress and adapt or further develop plans


5. Assist young people to monitor and evaluate strategies

Performance Criteria:

evaluate strategies

5.1 Support groups to monitor and record progress

5.2 Assist groups to identify outcomes and consequences (intended or unintended) of their actions on an ongoing basis

5.3 Evaluate strategies and group processes

5.4 Provide reports of outcomes as appropriate to stakeholders and within the organisation

5.5 Celebrate achievements, including personal development, skills development and social change

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course’s learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s online learning management tool Blackboard.  Other essential learning activities take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies.  Some learning activities that you may be required to undertake are:

  • Learning activities may include:
    • class exercises to review teacher presentations/videos
    • teacher presentations/lectures
    • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
    • workshops
    • projects
    • group projects
    • peer learning
    • guest presentations by youth workers employed in the industry
    • peer teaching and class presentations
    • group discussion
    • research
    • independent project based work
    • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
    • practical placement
    • simulated workplace role plays

Teaching Schedule




Elements of Competency




Introduction to collective action

Introduce the unit and the concept of collective action.

Recap aspects of other units that cross over with this unit, particularly principles of youth participation and co-design

Supporting young people to identify their issues, needs or interests in the community

Methods for investigating issues, needs or interests of young people using youth participation and co-design principles.

Ensuring maximum depth and breadth to your youth participation plans

CHCYTH008: 1.1, 1.2 & 1.3



The youth workers role in young people’s collective action

Providing opportunities for young people to act on their stated needs

Encouraging young people to work together

Offering individual and group support

Using professional networks and contacts to source stakeholders

Developing a consultation plan for engaging with young people 

CHCYTH008: 1.4, 1.6, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 & 4.2

Assessment task one: 

Developing a consultation plan for engaging with young people 


Learning opportunities during young people’s collective action

Supporting young people to build their own networks and relationships

Supporting young people to understand the links between their issues and needs and social structures, social justice etc.


Supporting young people with their communication and interpersonal skills.


Supporting young people to adequately plan their activities including planning for unintended consequences.

CHCYTH008: 1.5, 2.1, 2.3 & 5.2



Learning opportunities during young people’s collective action

Developing a funding application to allow young people to take collective action

CHCYTH008: 2.2, 3.5, 4.3, 5.1,

Assessment task two:

Developing a funding application to allow young people to take collective action


Monitoring, evaluation and celebration. 



Mapping and monitoring the process

Youth friendly monitoring and evaluation processes

Youth friendly report writing processes

Writing your own reports and keeping records

Supporting young people to acknowledge their supporting stakeholders

Celebrating achievements.

Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for the project  developed with the young people


Assessment task three: 

Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for the project  developed with the young people


Revision and assessments to be finalised.

Revision, finalising assessments 



CHCYTH008: 2.2, 3.5, 4.3, 5.1,


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources – Young People Need a Skate Park – Queer Young People Need Support to be Safe – Young People Living in a Nursing Home

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources.

Overview of Assessment


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment (refer to MyRMIT for assessment criteria).

Assessments will include:



Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Assessment one

Develop a consultation plan for engaging with young people 


Assessment two

Funding application to allow young people to take action 

This assessment will be graded for academic skills



Assessment three

Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for the project  developed with the young people


Assessment four

Work Integrated Learning, work placement and work place assessments

240 hours WIl, 1200 word written report, work place assessment, third party report 


-       assessment requirements aligned to WIL activities.

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca


Assessment Tasks


This assessment requires the student to demonstrate how they would support collective action from one of the three groups of young people in the videos provided.

Assessment 1: Consultation plan

You must plan three separate community consultations to engage young people from the community you are working with to gather more information, allow them to share and discuss their issues, needs and interests. In order to attract the maximum number of young people from your community and hear the widest variety of voices you must demonstrate three different consultation approaches. You will be provided with a consultation plan template to complete.

Assessment 2: Funding application to allow young people to take action.

You have successfully conducted three community consultations with the community you want to work with. You now have 15 young people who are passionate about their issue, needs and interests. Write a 1000 word funding application to describe what the emerging issue is and how you are supporting these young people to work together to address their issue. Use the funding application template to complete this activity.

Assessment 3: Monitoring and evaluation Plan

Complete a monitoring and evaluation plan for your project. Ensure you have planned contingencies for all the areas listed in the monitoring and evaluation plan template provided.

Assessment 4: Work Integrated Learning, work placement and work place assessment

Students will complete 240 hours of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) work placement in a youth work agency, WIL role plays, WIL written report and WIL supervisor third party report -assessment requirements aligned to workplace assessment requirements

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Work Integrated Learning

This is a Work Integrated Learning course in which you will complete a 240 hour placement in an organisation, undertaking the kinds of professional tasks you could expect in your work after graduation.

Police Check

You must obtain evidence of a satisfactory National Police Records Check before undertaking work placements and will need to pay the associated costs.


You may be required to obtain a satisfactory National Police Records Check at the request of their placement agency.

Working with Children

You must provide evidence of a satisfactory Working with Children check before undertaking work placements and will need to pay the associated costs.


You may be required to obtain a satisfactory Working with Children Check at the request of their placement agency.


You may be required to provide evidence of immunisation for certain diseases before undertaking work placement. You will need to discuss the specific requirements of your placement with the course coordinator and/or WIL practitioner and will need to pay the associated costs for immunisation.

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions 

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of work submitted in hardcopy. For every piece of work submitted online you will complete an e-Declaration. The signed cover sheet or e-Declaration acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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:

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:

  1. a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
  2. b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
  3. c) 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:

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.

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 (unresolved) – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software

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

Complaints Procedure:

RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.

Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.

Student Complaints Policy:

Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22

Student Complaints Form:


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