YACL301-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Civic Leadership: Leading for Change

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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. As part of the course, we will take part in a Noho Marae with YACL101 students to deepen and extend our bi-cultural understanding in relation to our community project and to support the next generation of YACL students on their journey, acting as tuakana to our teina colleagues.

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 / Lecturer

Billy O'Steen


David Small


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
10 Reflective Forum Posts about course experiences (200 words each) 10% Due Dates: Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11
Video Presentation (3mins) 40% How can you best contribute to the issue you've chosen? How have the first 6 weeks informed you? Due Date: Week 7
Project Proposal 50% 3000 words Due Date: Week 12


Covid-19 vaccinations:
Please note that while Covid vaccinations are not required for this course, non-vaccinated students might not be able to take part in all activities (field trips, project work) and might be limited in their opportunities to engage with vulnerable youth and communities. We strongly recommend full vaccination to protect you and the communities you work with.

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 YACL301 Occurrences

  • YACL301-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023
  • YACL301-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)