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HSW2211 Youth Work Practice

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Professional Pathway Social Wk
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: David Steggall


Pre-requisite: HSW2120 and CDS1000


Young people aged between 12- 21, represent the next generation of contributing members of Australian society. In certain communities (e.g. Indigenous) young people constitute the largest population cohort. There are however, a number of challenges to gaining and maintaining the quality of life of youth such depression, unemployment, sexual and physical violence, drug and alcohol usage. Youth work has occupied an integral role in fostering youth development, participation in society and has assisted young people to gain critical skills that enhance their capabilities in independent living, resilience and leadership.

This course will explore contemporary and distinctive youth work practices. Students will explore the different perspectives and experiences of young people, youth workers and other critical stakeholders. Content presented will enable students to critically appraise the evolution of youth work within a cultural and sociological framework that considers matters of agency, health and empowerment.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply different perspectives to youth work practice including their own perspectives;
  2. Examine key factors that inform contemporary youth practice in Australia and internationally;
  3. Identify practice challenges for individuals and communities and factors that influence the quality of life for youth of today;
  4. Analyse specific scenarios or situations and apply responsive youth work practices and approaches.
  5. Critically reflect on the practices of contemporary youth work in Australia and globally.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Youth concepts: Historical, contemporary, global 20.00
2. Foundations of Youth Work practice 25.00
3. Youth: Policy and law 15.00
4. At risk youth: Indigenous, LGBTI, NESB, disability, rural 20.00
5. Context of Youth work 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Essay 1 No 50 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Essay 2 No 50 1,2,3,5
Date printed 30 June 2022