Principles of Youth Participation

    Unit code: AYW1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time


    In this unit students develop a theoretical framework of practice, which reflects the key principles of youth participation, to enable young people to have a role, identity and voice in every community. Students learn to identify appropriate theories that assist them to understand the systemic barriers young people face and to develop strategies to assist young people to overcome these barriers. Investigating the various participation models informs practice and enables students to use and apply that knowledge in a range of settings within State, National and International Organisations. Adapting experiential processes to engage young people is also a central component of effective youth participation.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Analyse the principles of participation for young people;
    2. Interpret and analyse the systemic barriers young people face;
    3. Investigate the principles of youth participation practice embedded within State, National and International organisations; and
    4. Analyse the models of participation and discuss how they can be applied to expand the participation roles of young people in their community.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 20%
    Opportunities to participate in your younger years.
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 20%
    Compare and contrast 2 models of youth participation
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 30%
    Compare and contrast 2 models of youth participation.
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 30%
    In class quiz

    Required reading

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

    As part of a course

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