This unit aims to provide a structural foundation for understanding the development and the dynamics of youth work. It will explore the evolution of youth work within a sociological and cultural framework that discusses the links between health, agency and empowerment, as well as a diverse range of youth work models that support and inform reflexive practitioners. Topics to be covered include the following: concepts of youth: historic and global development of the role of adolescence and the development of specific youth work practices; social, cultural and biological constructs of adolescence; social determinants of health in relation to resilience, risk and protective factors; constructs of marginalisation and disadvantage; identity, agency and empowerment; case studies of significant people who are agents of social change; models of youth work practice - treatment, reform, advocacy; settings and context of youth work.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
AEB1800

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the role of youth work within the broader context and politics of social change, considering the evolution of youth work in a wide range of social and cultural contexts;  
  2. Analyse specific scenarios or situations; and apply appropriate youth work models and approaches;  
  3. Analyse the risk and protective factors within a range of settings and environments;  
  4. Outline strategies to enhance the agency and empowerment of young people; and  
  5. Communicate effectively, think critically and problem solve a range of issues related to youth work practice.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Other Reflection on History and Career 20%
Essay Part A - Definition of Youth Work 20%
Essay Part B - Youth Work values 30%
Other Community Map 30%
Total effective word limit for all tasks is 3000 words.

Required reading

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice.
Sapin, K., 2013
London: Sage Publications.

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