Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Youth Policy

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION This Study-unit deals with the ways in which society has constructed identity over time in relation to youth policy. It focuses on the historical, social and educational dimensions of youth policies, and examines the evolution and motivations that have encouraged attempts to develop 'Youth Policy' both locally and in Europe during the past years. The study-unit will also explore the importance of evaluation studies in the process of formulating, implementing and assessing the efficacy of youth policy and service development initiatives.

Study-unit Aims:

This Study-unit is aimed at:

- encouraging students to examine the social and political contexts in which work with young people operates, including issues relating to the policy context given by both local government and the European union,

- exploring issues concerning youth policy provision impinging upon the welfare and rights of young people.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- demonstrate understanding of the social and political context for youth policy;

- understand issues that are central to youth policy and youth work practice;

- understand the ideological and political determinants that have shaped youth policy.

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

- analyse and evaluate service delivery and intervention in response to specific youth policy areas;

- exercise significant judgement of the role of specific work with young people in relation to wider issues of youth policy.

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

Barry, M. (ed) (2004) Youth Policy and Social Inclusion, Oxfordshire: Routledge

Blakley, G. (1990) Youth Policy, London: Routledge

Lauritzen, P (2008) Eggs in a Pan, Speeched Writings and Reflections, Strasbourg: Council of Europe

Rocher, J. et al (2004) Youth in Society Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice, Milton Keyes: Open University

Williamson, H (1997) Youth and Policy: Contexts and Consequences Aldershot: Ashgate

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 No 20%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Miriam Teuma

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