Youth and Community Leadership
Youth and Community Leadership explores national and global challenges that impact youth and other communities, and ways to create meaningful change.
UC students have earned international reputation for their efforts in social activism and volunteering, and our campus is renowned for giving students the opportunity to engage in meaningful work in the community. The Youth and Community Leadership programmes offer real-world development in leadership skills and experience producing social action through UC’s networks and expertise.
Students will examine a range of issues, social movements, and communities that motivate them in this highly inspirational area of study.
- UC has a worldwide reputation for its student activism and engagement in youth-led movements. Our students have founded efforts in natural disaster relief, anti-terrorism, sustainability, and cultural diversity, and our campus has hosted visitors such as Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Dr Jane Goodall.
- UC hosts a number of research and specialist centres focused around leadership, volunteerism, and innovative teaching, such as the UC Community Engagement Hub, the e-Learning Hub, the Professional and Community Engagement programme, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship, and the UCSA’s Student Volunteer Army.
- Many of our graduates have become social entrepreneurs, political activists, and industry innovators, and have been recognised with awards for their contribution to local and global issues.
The programme is open to students from a range of interests or experience in leadership roles. No particular background study is required. A passion for social change, community work, and volunteering is the best preparation.
Strong written and verbal communication skills will be especially useful.
The introductory course YACL 101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading Self (offered in 2020) examines contemporary cultural, philosophical, and sociological views on leadership. The course also explores kaupapa Māori, and includes a visit to a noho marae.
200-level and beyond
At 200-level, the course YACL 201 Social Leadership: Leading with Others (offered in 2020) looks at group and collaborative leadership, and includes a group project with relevance to Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural community.
Courses at 300-level develop advanced research skills towards identifying and effectively resolving a social issue, followed by a final capstone project.
Youth and Community Leadership minor
To complete the Youth and Community Leadership minor within the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Sport Coaching, you will need to complete the following throughout your degree:
- YACL 101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading Self (offered in 2020)
- CHCH 101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation
- YACL 201 Social Leadership: Leading With Others (offered in 2020)
Plus 30 points from:
- EDUC 206 Education and Society: Ideals and Realities
- CULT 202 Cultural Politics/Cultural Activism
- INOV 290 Enterprise in Practice (Project)
- EDUC 339 Globalisation, Social Justice and Education (30 points)
- YACL 301 Civic Leadership: Leading for Change (offered in 2021)
- YACL 302 Leadership Project: Implementing Change (offered in 2021)
Youth and Community Leadership creates graduates who are both passionate about and have the skills to challenge global issues. Their experience in creating practical solutions for change will prepare them for a wide variety of industries looking for strong leaders.
Graduates from this subject area will be well-suited to managerial positions, work in charities and non-profit organisations, politics, teaching and training, communications, media, and may even become social entrepreneurs.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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