Change and Community Justice

    Unit code: ASC2005 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time


    This unit will build your knowledge by considering how theoretical frameworks that link to Youth Work and Community Justice work can be applied to our understanding of service users. The unit will use the context of culture, socio economic status, family, education and employment to build a greater conceptual understanding of why particular groups of people are so marginalised that they engage in a range of activities outside of community norms. Current Youth Work, Community Development and Criminal Justice graduates need to be able to develop strong theoretical frameworks that drive their practice and this subject will enable that foundation to be built. Community practitioners must also be strong advocates for the human rights of their service users and reject social practices that often result in further marginalisation of the most vulnerable. It is particularly important that youth, community development and community justice workers are working with young people and other service users in the context of the rapid economic changes that they are experiencing across the world. The unit will contribute to a better understanding of the changing landscape of the global economic environment and the resultant impacts on the most vulnerable.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Identify and examine the different theories that impact on the local and global community in relation to young people and community service users' opportunity and aspirations;
    2. Analyse current global trends and research work that is focusing on marginalised communities and their ability to participate in civil society;
    3. Explore strategies that enable youth, community development and community justice workers to understand the diversity of people and their marginalisation;
    4. Evidence an understanding of the theoretical foundation of human rights and how it drives community worker practice seeking to change the community discourse on the most vulnerable of our community.
    5. Participate in an academic community of discourse through reflective and critical engagement in academic texts and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


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    Hurdle assessment task: Completion of five Academic Integrity Modules

    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 40%
    Part A: Write a case study that details a marginalised community.
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 40%
    Part B: Explore the reasons for the marginilisation of that community and the impact of global economic change.
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 20%
    Consider how your professional role can contribute to building individual and community change.

    Required reading

    Students will be provided with a reading list via VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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