YACL102-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Introduction to Professional Youth Work in Aotearoa

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


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. 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, common in the sector, to co-construct our understanding of youth identities and youth work practice. 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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Online A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Online Delivery
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Online B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 11:00 Online Delivery
24 Jul - 30 Jul
7 Aug - 13 Aug
21 Aug - 27 Aug
18 Sep - 24 Sep
2 Oct - 8 Oct
16 Oct - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Christoph Teschers


Helena Cook


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Portfolio of weekly online activities 50% Portfolio of weekly online activities
Essay responding to two questions, 1000 words each 25 Oct 2023 50% Essay responding to two questions, 1000 words each

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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

  • YACL102-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • YACL102-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)