Research in the Community

Unit code: ASC3007 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
Online Self-Paced


This unit introduces students to social research in youth and community-focused settings. Students will participate in and be able to articulate practices in professional and bureaucratic contexts and will develop skills in: preparing literature reviews; planning for change; goals and outcomes setting; framework and tool development, data collection, interpretation and analysis in social research; and planning, writing and presenting to professional audiences. The unit of study encourages students to work collaboratively, whilst also assisting them to be reflective and analytical practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate the importance of being a reflective practitioner within a local and global community;
  2. Design and apply evaluation tools for a range of programs and community research;
  3. Critically review a range of research tools and implement with an understanding of ethical, legal, and financial considerations, and how they impact individuals and the community;
  4. Review examples of research proposals and reports that contribute to work and community networks; and
  5. Evaluate and analyse relevant literature that is useful to and identifies good practice; in youth work, community and professional practice debates.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Literature Review
Grade: 20%
Short review of relevant vocational literature
Assessment type: Literature Review
Grade: 40%
Extended review of an exploration of vocational literature that applies to a chosen research interest or area
Assessment type: Research Paper
Grade: 40%
Development and presentation of a research briefing paper

Required reading

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

As part of a course

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