Learning Outcomes

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

Unit Description

Groups (formal and informal) are powerful instruments of personal and social change. Group members can effectively harness the energy and power and resources to achieve a group’s purpose. This unit introduces frameworks, concepts, strategies and skills for maximising the benefits of group work for service-users or organisational work teams.

Group work theories will be explored in their application to youth work practice with groups in a range of settings including secular and Christian environments. Concern for social justice will provide a philosophical underpinning in the unit; critical youth work perspectives will provide the overarching theoretical framework with attention to race, gender, culture and other power dimensions in group processes and dynamics. Focus will be on the diversity of groups and group work in practice; planning and evaluating groups; understanding and managing group processes and dynamics; and self-reflective practice in groups.

Throughout this unit we also focus on providing students with a theoretical and practical understanding of program design as an organised response to social problems. Students will develop skills in program development and design, implementation, program resourcing/budgeting and evaluation.


Unit offerings

Face to face: (Demand based)

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, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes 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.