Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Young People and Social Inclusion

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION Social inclusion, as a social policy concept, is not new. It began in Europe in response to the growing social divides resulting from labour market conditions and the inadequacy of existing social welfare provisions to meet the changing needs of more diverse populations (Frieler, 2002). This unit will explore how young people are socially excluded from their local communities in a wide range of ways. It will review the main social exclusion factors facing young people including: low educational attainment, long term unemployment,violence in their environment, economic variables, health difficulties and communication difficulties among others. It will also explore how such young people are portrayed as a problem rather than as full citizens and future adults and community leaders. This module will explore effective methods of social inclusion and how the social inclusion of young people in the margins will lead towards active participation and citizenship.

Study-unit Aims:

The study unit aims to:

- Provide an analysis of available data to identify measures of inclusion and exclusion;

- Understand the indicators of social exclusion and inclusion for youth;

- Attempt to examine specific variables which influence the exclusion and inclusion of youth (such as income, recreation, education, early childhood care and education) through reviews of existing evidence and analysis of existing data sets;

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Understand that social inclusion and exclusion is context-specific and multi-dimensional.

- Understand that while most young people are socially included and making the “normal” transition to adult social membership,there exist groups of young people who are experiencing fractured transitions because they are socially excluded .

- Understand that it is the intersection of youth with other dimensions of disadvantage that makes social exclusion a useful framework for analysis.

- Understand that social exclusion is the consequence of a political economy in which some groups secure privilege and exert power at the expense of others, however unwittingly

- Understand that policy attention needs to be directed to mitigating such practices (e.g. institutional racism) and focus on inclusive practices.

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

- Establish inclusive values, rights and approaches for healthy youth development;

- Critically examine the concepts of social inclusion;

- Consider the geography of social inclusion and exclusion;

- Explore young people's own conceptualisations of social inclusion and exclusion.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Bauman, Z. (2001). Community – seeking safety in an insecure world.

Barry, M. (2004). Youth Policy and Social Inclusion – Critical Debates with Young People.

Barry, B. (1991). Essays in political theory. Clarendon Publishers.

Davis, J. (1990). Youth and the Condition of Britain – Images of Adolescent Conflict. London: Athlone Press

Freire, P. (1970). The pedagogy of the oppressed.

Freire, P. (2004) . The pedagogy of hope. London: Continuum.

Morris, D. (1969). The human zoo.

Mintel (1990). Youth Lifestyles 1990. London: Mintel Publications Ltd.

Warner Weil, S. (2005). Unemployed youth and social exclusion in Europe – learning for inclusion?

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Andrew Azzopardi

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