YACL301-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Civic Leadership: Leading for Change

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


In this course, students will learn the necessary research skills, as well as digital, ethical and cultural considerations, to explore the background of an issue or challenge they see for youth and/or their community, hapu, or iwi. These may include issues of social justice, equity, sustainability, positive development, policy, (global) citizenship and others. Culturally responsive approaches to gathering evidence drawing on the braided rivers model (Macfarlane, Macfarlane & Gillon 2015) will guide this course. Students will develop an action plan of how to address their chosen topic, measure the effectiveness and impact of their actions, and to write a proposal that reflects all relevant aspects.

In this course you will continue your journey in the Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership towards developing your change project based on your passion and interests. You can work independently or team up with other students to address a social issue you are passionate about to benefit a community locally, nationally or internationally. Your lecture team will guide you during the project development phase and you will encounter voices from activists, project leaders and researchers who work in our local community to create change for the benefit of this and future generations, in line with the Ngā Tahu aspiration mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei (for us and our children after us).

The course will require students to apply the Treaty principles of participation, partnership and protection through a focus on using a ‘braided rivers’ approach to gathering evidence and developing practice. We will draw strongly on kaupapa Māori as well as Pasifika knowledges and practices to strengthen our community approach in a culturally respectful and supportive manner. The course encourages students to address challenges relevant to their home communities including whānau, hapū and iwi.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply research skills, including proficiency in digital literacy, to design a project to address current and future youth and community issues and questions.
  • Address youth and community issues and questions in a sensitive and responsible manner reflecting ethical and bicultural awareness and understanding.
  • Apply Treaty of Waitangi principles of participation, partnership and protection in considering approaches to identifying and addressing community challenges.
  • Describe how to measure the effectiveness and impact of one’s actions in a youth and community setting.
  • Develop a proposal for a project to address a selected topic of youth and/or community concern.
    • 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.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Course Coordinator

Billy O'Steen


Billy O'Steen and Christoph Teschers


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Proposal Part 1 01 Apr 2021 40%
Full Proposal 04 Jun 2021 60%

Proposal Part 1
Students will use their accumulated experiences in preceding courses and YACL301 to propose addressing a challenge in a specific community.
Full Proposal
Students will further refine and present their Proposal Part 1 to the point of application.

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 YACL301 Occurrences

  • YACL301-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance) - Not Offered
  • YACL301-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021