SS1819: Principles and Practices of Youth and Community Work

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 3hr(s) Tutorials; 50hr(s) Other (supervised preparatory work); 130hr(s) Directed Study (self-directed study)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To provide opportunities for students to explore the practice of youth and community, its theoretical underpinnings and practical application. The concept of Youth and Community will be explored and the module will examine practical approaches to Youth and Community Work.
Module Content: This module addresses the nature of youth and community work practice, the concept of working with people and approaches used in professional work settings. It examines the benefits and challenges of youth/community participation and explores some theoretical approaches to working with people.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Consider the concept of community from three different dimensions: as a geographical entity; as relations in a locality; as a shared identity.
  • Define and discuss the various meanings of youth and community participation.
  • Identify different approaches to youth and community development (e.g. Economic, Anti-poverty, Holistic).
  • Explain the relationship between youth work values and practices.
  • Identify different theoretical approaches which influence youth work practice (functionalism, phenomenology, conflict theory).
  • Consider some contemporary developments in youth and community work practice (e.g. feminism, anti-racism).
  • Discuss the use of theory in practice.
  • Begin to explore the nature of reflective practice.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 1,500 word Community Profile, 100 marks; 1 x 1,500 word Journal of Learning, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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