About us

Welcome to the Department of Youth & Community Studies

The Department of Youth & Community Studies is one of the departments within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. It has been established in 1993, first as an autonomous Institute, later as a Programme within the Department of Educational Studies, and now it forms part of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. During this time it has developed extensively both in vision and range of activities.

Mission statement

  • To carry out research within the areas of youth and community studies, and in conjunction with other interested bodies
  • To set up and deliver courses in youth and community studies which lead to academic / vocational qualifications
  • To engage in public debates on issues that concern young people through the organisation of conferences and fora with the aim of contributing to the identification of efficiencies and lacunae in legislation and in the youth service and to challenge dominant discourse on youth.

Why not study with us?

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Youth and Community Studies aims at providing professional training and development to prospective youth workers and youth policy makers.

Course duration:
6 semesters full-time
10 semesters part-time.

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The Master in Youth and Community Studies provides professional training and development.

Course duration: 6 semesters part-time.

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The Master of Arts in Community Action and Development delves into the intellectualising of issues such as community education, empowerment and emancipation, citizenship, inclusion and exclusion, social movements, social capital, globalisation, sustainable development and education for sustainable development.

Course duration: 6 semesters part-time.

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Master of Arts in Youth Justice aims to provide the requisite platform for learners to undertake research and to critically engage with challenging content and keystone issues that are pivotal to the area of study.

Course duration: 5 semesters part-time.

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