YT840.406 Culture and Sociology of Youth



Learning Outcomes

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

Unit Description

The unit commences with an introduction to the processes of youth work planning, critical reflection, theological reflection and cultural investigation. Key components of youth work field education evaluation are considered. Particular attention is given to how students can assess and plan their youth work activities. The action-reflection skills that are required to meet the demands made on the student in a range of youth work situations are identified.

The bulk of this unit involves supervised practical experience in a youth work marketplace situation, theoretical and critical reflection, and application of strategies for youth work supervision, spiritual direction and personal survival.

An important component of the unit requires the student to evaluate critical incidents and effectiveness in various youth work situations. On-campus workshop/tutorial sessions will be used for presentations of critical incident and youth work observation reports.

Throughout the unit, emphasis is placed on the need for students to take responsibility for managing their own youth work field education. The need for an appropriate and professional ethical standard of behaviour in youth work situations is stressed throughout the unit. Through analysis of other students’ critical incidence and reflection reports, students gain insight into the issues of youth work and practice reflection.

Each student will be supervised by an appropriate youth work field education supervisor and maintain a relationship with an approved spiritual director.

At the conclusion of the unit, the student is expected to be able to evaluate their youth work field education and plan further youth work.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies include: lectures, tutorials and weekend schools; class discussions; field trips; presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, DVD, video and audio tape and online interaction; and the use of youth work observation and critical incident reports.

Unit offerings


Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.