Young People and the State

Course code SPSW3408Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Provides an introduction to youth work practice and to the contemporary provision of youth services. Major theoretical approaches to understanding young people will be examined. The social construction of 'youth' in Australian society will be an area of specific focus. The nature of issues affecting young people will be investigated under the broad headings of health; education; the labour market; accommodation and housing; juvenile justice; sexuality and young people in the context of families. Contemporary service delivery approaches to young people will be identified, together with contemporary policy and practice issues.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
ObjectivesThis course aims to give students a critical appreciation of the different ways 'youth' is understood in academic, policy and popular contexts, which is of fundamental importance if policy and practice responses and choices are to be understood.

On successful completion of this unit students will be expected to demonstrate:

1. a capacity to critically analyse the various theoretical and popular approaches/ constructions around "youth" and "adolescence";
2. a broad working knowledge of contemporary policies, and service delivery systems and programs, directed at young people in Australia;
3. an awareness of how diversity and marginalisation impact on various young people;
4. an understanding of the dominant and emerging human service practice approaches with young people.
ContentTopics are likely to include:
* Unit introduction
* Popular representations of young people
* Theories of youth and adolescence
* Cultural perspectives on 'youth'
* Marginalisation and diversity (particularly issues associated with class, gender, geographic location, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, disability)
* Contemporary policy trends: continuity and discontinuity
* Young people and family: Trends, policies and services
* Young people and juvenile justice: Trends, policies and services
* Young people and secondary education: Trends, policies and services
* Young people and the labour market: Trends, policies and services
* Young people and accommodation and housing: Trends, policies and services
* Young people and health: Trends, policies and services
* Dominant and emerging practice approaches in work with young people.
Replacing Course(s)Replacing HUMA3408 Young People and the State.
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3408 are not eligible to enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW1401
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2500 words 50%
Other: (please specify)Media Dossier and Class Participation 10%
Presentations - TutorialTutorial Presentation 40%
Contact HoursProblem Based Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Seminar: for 4 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPSW3408