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TITLE Professionalism in Youth Ministry

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide students with a broad-based perspective of the fundamental theoretical, ethical and practical tools necessary for youth work in the Church. Knowledge on the main legal and policy issues that influence ministry with youth will be explored. Besides basic knowledge on present policies participants will be encouraged to build stronger familiarization with the key tenets of evidence-based policy approaches, and will be helped to acquire the skills to plan for new services, and how to construct and conduct evaluation. This study-unit will help students to critically debate the nature and purpose of individual and group supervision. It will identify skills, qualities and knowledge required to fulfill the role of supervision within youth ministry. It will also focus on diverse aspects related to the management of interpersonal and organizational issues, including change management, conflict resolution and leadership styles conducive to the dynamic nature of contemporary youth and/or community work organisations.
Participants will also be expected to evaluate their on-going practicum they are committed to undertake as part of their course obligations. The objective of this placement is in gaining familiarization and critically appraising practical organisational styles.

Study-unit Aims

This study-unit aims to help students:

- examine the role of the professional youth minister and the core vales and principles of service to youth;
- examine how and why policies for youth are constructed;
- evaluate existing national policies to find out whether they contribute to, or act as, barriers to desired developmental outcomes;
- identify cooperative models of practice;
- engage with the complex dynamics of an organisation;
- to plan and work jointly with other agencies;
- supervise youth workers and leaders.

Learning Outcomes

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

- demonstrate understanding of the development and impact of local and European public policy on youth;
- comprehend the social and political context in which youth ministry is taking place and the implications for policy;
- review critically various theoretical approaches to the management of organisations and to evaluate their usefulness in youth and community settings;
- comprehend human resource management legislation in relation to the management of voluntary work.

2. 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;
- develop and manage community and youth work projects within a contract culture;
- develop appropriate change intervention strategies according to the context, problem and change objectives.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Barry, M., (ed) (2004) Youth Policy and Social Inclusion, London:Routledge.
- Bradford, S. and Day, M. (1991). Youth Service Management. Leicester: Youth Work Press.
Conrad, D. & Hedin D. (1987). Youth service - a guidebook for developing and operating effective programs. New York: The Independent Sector.
- Delgado, M (2002) New Frontiers for Youth Development in the Twenty-First Century, Columbia University Press.
- Gilchrist, T., Jeffs. T., & Spence, J. (eds) (2003) Architects of Change: Studies in the History of Community and Youth Work, Leicester, NYA.
- Mullins, L. J. (1999), Management and Organisational Behaviour 5th Ed. Harlow: Prentice.
-Nicholls, D. (1997). Health and Safety in Youth and Community Work. Lyme Regis: Russell House.
- Roche, J Tucker, S Flynn, R & Thomson, R (2004) Youth in Society: Contemporary Theory, Policy and Practice, Sage Publication.
- Romer, D. (2003). (ed.). Reducing adolescent risk - toward an integrated approach. London: Sage Publications.
-Schein, E. H. (1997). Organisational Culture and Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Thomas, D. N. (1983). The making of community work. London: George Alen and Unwin.
- Villarruel F, Perkins D, Borden L, & Keith J (2003) Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices, Sage Publications.
Children and Young Person (Care Orders) Act. To Make Provision for the Care of Children and Young Persons. (29 November 1985).
Juvenile Court Act. For the Setting Up of a Juvenile Court and to Provide Matters Relating to Children and Young Persons. (25 July 1980).
Marriage Act. To Regulate Marriages and to Provide for Matters Connected Therewith or Ancillary Thereto. (1 October 1975).
The Police Laws for the Island of Malta and its Dependencies (10 June 1854).
Youth Policy in Malta, A New Impetus for European Youth.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Assignment Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Maria Abela
Rose Falzon
Anthony Mifsud

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
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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