YACL102-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Special Topic: Introduction to Professional Youth Work in Aotearoa

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


In this course, you will be introduced to and learn about the professional practice of youth work in Aotearoa. You will learn about the context within which youth work in Aotearoa operates, its history and current structures in Aotearoa. The course will help you understand the principles of the sector and explicitly acknowledges the diversity and mana of young people. In this course, you will examine how young people build and sustain quality relationships and connect to the social, physical and digital world, demonstrating knowledge of hononga and whanaungatanga. We will investigate the legal and ethical requirements for the care of young people in Aotearoa in the context of holistic wellbeing, responsibility and reciprocity. You will be introduced to frameworks that are used in the youth work sector to facilitate manaakitanga, youth participation and whai wahitanga, recognising young people as valued contributors to society.

This course has been designed in cooperation with Ara Taiohi and Korowai Tupu and strongly reflects the Mana Taiohi principles that underpin professional youth work practice in Aotearoa. We will implement the participatory approach that is common in the youth work sector to co-construct our understanding of youth identities and youth work practice in Aotearoa. This course will lay the foundation for your journey towards becoming a professional youth worker and will equip you to connect the knowledge and concepts you will encounter in other courses into your developing professional identity as youth worker.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the diverse contexts and factors influencing young people’s lived realities in Aotearoa
  • Gain insights into the history, development and current context of youth work in Aotearoa
  • Be able to articulate hononga and whanaungatanga in relation to young people in Aotearoa.
  • Be able to discuss manaakitanga and the legal and ethical requirements for the care of young people in Aotearoa.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of frameworks for youth development and participation that recognises mana and whai wāhitanga.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Christoph Teschers


Bernadette Farrell and Hilary Dutton


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online Activities 50% 10 weekly online activities
Final Essay 31 Oct 2021 50% Two 1,000 word short essays (+/- 10 %; excluding reference list)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

All YACL102 Occurrences

  • YACL102-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021
  • YACL102-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)