This unit of study is constructed around an inquiry by students into youth policy by understanding firstly the key drivers of policy change in our society. This unit considers postmodern social theory to questions of social justice and social action. Students will explore the connection between public policy and youth work and in particular the relationship between government youth policy and the funded youth programs of government. Students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work as advocates for change. They will study state and federal youth policy, how policy is made, and how policy intersects and underpins the activities of youth workers.

Unit details

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Online Self Paced
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critique the broad parameters of the study of social policy;  
  2. Articulate how youth policy impacts on young people, youth workers in local and national communities;  
  3. Analyse the broader impact of policy in constructing social indicators particularly in developing equitable outcomes;  
  4. Determine the role of policy in constructing a fair society;  
  5. Articulate their development of skills and knowledge about the theory/s that underpin and involves youth policy; and  
  6. Adapt knowledge of the different processes and mechanisms that may be undertaken to develop and formulate youth policy.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Newspaper article analysis 10%
Presentation Lead a discussion on newspaper article 10%
Creative Works Infographic on how policy impacts the work of youth workers 35%
Report A major analysis of a youth policy 45%

Required reading

Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice 2nd
Sapin, K (2013),
London: Sage Publications

Links to readings as outlined on VU Collaborate.

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