Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Youth Work Core Skills 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION The development and consolidation of personal skills is an essential element for effective work with young people. The areas covered in this component are intended to equip the participants with some of the necessary skills. The method of learning is experiential and seeks the self empowerment of the individual. The emphasis is on learning skills and not learning about them.

The sessions cover the following areas:

Introduction/overview of agreements
Exploration of experiential learning and methods of assessment
Trust and group building
Communication and listening
Assertiveness training
Managing negative emotions
Managing conflict
Self awareness and developing a positive self image
Self confidence and applications to youth work context

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to foster the self awareness and self acceptance of course participants and to develop the various aspects of interpersonal communication. The study-unit aims to develop trust in the group which will facilitate the experiential learning of skills that contribute to a more resilient self and that foster effective communication. The study-unit also aims to impart a basic theoretical understanding of concepts utilised in the study of intra - personal and interpersonal communication. However the theoretical aim is secondary to the experiential dimension.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. have a clear understanding of the complexity of intrapersonal and interpersonal adaptive functioning,

b. have a clear understanding of the concepts used to explain intrapersonal and interpersonal adaptive functioning,

c. understand how the skills learnt in this unit can be applied to a youth and community setting,

d. understand the value of reflexivity.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. trust other members in the group,

b. fine tune their communication and listening skills,

c. be assertive,

d. deal with negative emotions more effectively,

e. manage conflict situations more effectively,

f. have self understanding and acceptance,

g. self disclose appropriately,

h. give feedback effectively,

i. be more self confident.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

Hargie, O., Saunders, C. and Dickson, D. (2000) Social Skills in Interpersonal Communication NY: Routledge. (available in Library)

Johnson, D. (1999) Reaching Out: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Self-Actualization NJ Allyn & Bacon (available in Library)

Stone, D., Patton,P. and Heen, S. (1999) Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most NY: Penguin

Pearce, B. (2008) Making Social Worlds: A Communication Perspective, Wiley-Blackwell

Reading Pack

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to BA(Hons) in Youth and Community Studies students.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Group Teaching

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 45%
Reflective Diary SEM1 No 55%

LECTURER/S Marvic Debono

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