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Undergraduate Course: Youth Work (EDUA10122)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will explore the range of contemporary perspectives on youth work. Students will critically explore key influences affecting the lives and lifestyles of young people and the broader policy context. The course will engage with theoretical ideas, political dimensions and policy processes that shape professional practice. It will enable students to analyse the relationship between theoretical traditions and the purpose of community-based youth work practice.
Course description The taught programme will include sessions on youth work traditions and principles, contemporary policy themes such as employability and participation, contexts for practice, challenges faced by youth work practitioners.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Concepts and Controversies in Community Education (EDUA08064)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the impact of the social, economic and political factors on the lives and lifestyles of young people
  2. Explain the key differences between theoretical traditions of youth work
  3. Distinguish contrasting models of youth work and their relevance to practice settings
  4. Identify the knowledge, skills, and values that shape contemporary practice
  5. Examine competing and contrasiting priorities for the modern-day practitioner.
Reading List
Indicative Reading List
Banks, S. (ed) (2010) Ethical Issues in Youth Work (2nd Edition). London: Routledge.
Batsleer, J. (2008) Informal Learning in Youth Work. London: Sage.
Batsleer, J. & Davies, B. (Eds.) What is Youth Work? Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd
Coburn, A. & Wallace, D (2011) Youth Work in Communities and Schools. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press.
Fyfe, I. & Moir, S. (2013) (Eds.) Standing at the crossroads - What future for Youth Work? Edinburgh: CONCEPT.
Harrison, R. & Wise, C. (2005) Working with Young People. London; Sage Publications / The Open University
Harrison, R., Benjamin, C., Curran, S. & Hunter, R. (eds.) (2007) Leading Work with Young People. London: Sage Publications/The Open University.
Jeffs, T. & Smith, M. K. (Eds.) (2010) Youth Work Practice. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
Ord, J. (2007) Youth Work, Process, Product and Practice. Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing Ltd
Roberts. J. (2009) Youth Work Ethics. Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd.
Sallah, M. & Cooper, S. (eds.) (2008) Global Youth Work: Taking it personally. Leicester: The National Youth Agency.
Sapin, K. (2009) Essential Skills for Youth Work Practice. London: Sage Publications.
Sercombe, H. (2010) Youth Work Ethics. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Smith, M. (1988) Developing Youth Work. Milton Keynes: OU Press.
Wood, J. & Hine, J. (eds.) (2009) Work with young people. London: Sage Publications.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills critical analysis, communication, discursive writing, autonomy, working with others.
Study Abroad Such an option is not available for this course.
Additional Class Delivery Information Timetable is arranged annually
KeywordsYouth Work Policy Practice Lifestyles Transitions Ethics
Course organiserDr Ian Fyfe
Tel: (0131 6)51 4803
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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