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TITLE Youth Work Trends and Youth Policy

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide an opportunity for students to examine critically:

• youth policy in Malta and Europe; the need for policy and policy indicators;

• the origins and development of youth work;.

• theories of youth work including understanding of difference;

• key forms of intervention i.e. centre-based work, detached and outreach work, issue-based work and specialist practice focussed on specific cohorts of young people.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit aims to encourage course participants to build stronger familiarization with the key tenets of youth work approaches, the role of research and evaluation in influencing policy decisions and service development.

Learning Outcomes:

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

understand the key theoretical approaches and models of practice in youth work;

understand and become aware of 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:

Advocate through policy development for optimal youth outcomes;

Discuss and assess critically the literature on the theory and practice of policy.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Villarruel F, Perkins D, Borden L, & Keith J (2003) Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices, Sage Publications.

- Delgado, M (2002) New Frontiers for Youth Development in the Twenty-First Century, Columbia University Press

- Roche, J Tucker, S Flynn, R & Thomson, R (2004) Youth in Society: Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice, Sage Publication.

- Gilchrist, T., Jeffs. T., & Spence, J. (eds) (2003) Architects of Change: Studies in the History of Community and Youth Work, Leicester, NYA.

- Youth Policy in Malta
A New Impetus for European Youth

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Miriam Teuma

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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