Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Young People with Minority Experiences

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit explores and critically engages with minority issues. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own positions/prejudices vis-a-vis minority issues. The study-unit explores the minority status of various young people including: LGBT youth; refugee youth; disabled youth; youth belonging to various subcultures. The study-unit also unpacks the sociological concept of 'minorities'.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to enhance the the understanding of youth and community workers on minority issues hence improving the quality of professional service that youth and community workers give to young people experiencing minority status. This study-unit is particularly appropriate for students who have not previously studied or engaged with minority issues. This study-unit aims to converge academic exploration with the testimonies of people who have experienced oppression. To this effect representatives from various minority groups will be asked to visit and discuss their experiences with course participants. The study-unit also explores whether and how minorities are able to organize effectively and press their demands through the political system.

Learning Outcomes:

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

• reflect upon personal notions and values in relation to minority groups in society, including ways of relating these to the professional practice of youth and community work,

• develop professional capabilities and critical understanding;

• advance their body of theoretical and practical knowledge about community development and participation vis a vis minority groups.

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

• use politically correct language;

• Define various experiences of minority experience in our society;

• Appreciate insider perspectives;

• be more open to diversity and minority issues and more reflective on their own bias and negative attitudes.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Booth, T., Swain, W., Masterson, M. & Potts, P. (1992). Curriculum for diversity in education – learning for all 1. NY: Routledge

Chetko-Yanoov, B. (1999). Celebrating diversity – co-existing in a multi-cultural society. NY: Hayworth Press.

Grant, C.A. (Ed.) (1999). Multicultural research – a reflective engagement with race, class, gender and sexual orientation. London: Falmer Press.

Mahalingham, R. & McCarthy C. (2000). Multicultural curriculum – New directions for social theory, practice and policy. NY: Routledge

Morris, D. (1994). The Human Zoo. London: Vintage.

Morris, D. (2001). The Naked Eye – Travels in Search of the Human Species.

Priestly, M. (2003). Disability – A life Course Approach. Cambridge: Polity Press.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Beverley Abela
Claire Lucille Azzopardi Lane
Colette Farrugia Bennett
Marceline Naudi
Maria Pisani

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