An advanced study of the theories of adolescence and positive youth development, including a critical examination of research dealing with issues which affect adolescents in a variety of contexts. Includes collaborating with and supporting a campus-based therapeutic youth mentoring programme to advance understanding of youth development leadership and practice skills.
EDUC 747 is 30-point service-learning course nested within the Campus Connections Aotearoa | Tūhono Aiopīpī (CC-A) youth mentoring programme developed to support young people in alternative education. This service-learning course integrates community service with instruction and reflection to enhance the learning experience.
Students who take this course will develop an applied multidisciplinary understanding of youth theory and research. This core knowledge will help students critically examine current issues facing New Zealand youth including social justice, inequality and institutional bias.
Through the CC-A community service component, students will also develop a range of practical skills including therapeutic communication, leadership and relationship building with young people.
The course runs for a full six-hour day each week of the 12-week semester but four of these hours are spent in mentoring and leadership activities with the youth and other students. The course, including lectures, mentoring sessions and debrief, takes place every Wednesday in Semester 2 from 9am–3pm. This time investment is designed to enhance the impact of the experience for both youth and students. Because the face-to-face hours for this course are much higher than for other electives, the number of course readings and the written component of the on-course assessments are reduced. A substantial focus of the course is on practice-based learning and some assessments are completed during class time.
The combination of in-depth knowledge and practical skills gained through this service-learning experience will benefit students interested in child and youth-related careers in health, law, government, education, NGOs, and community-based organisations.
Important things to consider when selecting this course as an elective:
• Given that you will be working with vulnerable young people, your commitment is critical. We expect full attendance at training, lectures, weekly programme sessions, post-session debriefs and the programme graduation.
• You must attend the 16 hours of pre-programme training (lunch is provided both days) on Wednesday 22 July from 9am–5pm and Saturday 25 July from 9am–5pm
• Sessions run from 29 July to 28 October, including Wednesdays during the university mid-semester break (2 September and 9 September), but do not run during the school holidays (30 September and 7 October).
• Students will be required to take on leadership roles that may involve the development and facilitation of youth activities and mentor coaching.
• Enrolment in this course requires permission from the Course Director. In compliance with the Children's Act (2014), students must take part in an interview, undergo a police vet and safety check.
For more information about Campus Connections Aotearoa visit www.campusconnections.ac.nz
At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and critically analyse positive youth development, mentoring, and leadership theories, frameworks and principles, and apply these in practice with young people.
- Analyse theories of power, privilege and oppression, diversity and social justice and apply these to their own experiences and to the experiences of local youth.
- Demonstrate critical and systems-thinking skills when examining challenges facing youth at-risk and in identifying the needs and strengths of young people.
- Demonstrate professional and leadership skills in group activity facilitation, case record keeping, written and oral communication, multidisciplinary team work, and ethical and reflective youth practice.
Currently scheduled classes
2020 Epsom (Semester 2): Weekly lecture jointly taught with SOCYOUTH 300 and PROFCOUN 700 as part of campus connections programme. Lectures on Wednesdays (22 July to 28 Oct) from 9:00am to 10:00am and 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Additional lectures on Wednesdays (29 July, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, 9 Sept, 23 Sept, 21 Oct) from 8.00am to 9:00am.
2020 Epsom (Semester 2): Practicum every Wednesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Take this course
This course can be taken as a taught course in the following programmes:
- Bachelor of Arts in Education (Honours)
- Bachelor of Education (Teaching) (Honours)
- Master of Arts in Education
- Master of Counselling
- Master of Education
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory
- Postgraduate Diploma in Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education
- Master of Education Practice
- Master of Social and Community Leadership
- Postgraduate Certificate in Social and Community Leadership
- Master of Professional Studies in Education