YACL303-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)

Special Topic: Professional Youth Work in Practice

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


This course is the capstone for the Youth work and development pathway within the Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership degree. As such, students will be invited to reflect on their prior personal and professional experiences within the context of relevant literature on youth work with a particular focus on what this field consists of in Aotearoa New Zealand. By using an ako approach where we are all students and teachers/experts of our own experiences, the course will foster an environment of shared responsibility for learning and will create opportunities for each student to share their experiences both within and outside of the course. Within the course, students will engage with academic content, field experiences, guest speakers, and assessment tasks that pull it all together and provide a way for students to make a positive impact on the youth work sector. This will truly be an applied learning course designed to culminate the degree in a celebratory and meaningful way.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Critically engage with literature and theories relevant to youth work practice in Aotearoa with particular attention to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
2. Consider, critique and apply existing frameworks related to the youth work sector
3. Become a reflective practitioner through building a professional identity as a youth worker.

University Graduate Attributes

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

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.


Students will need to have successfully completed YACL102 (Introduction to Professional Youth Work in Aotearoa) OR gained 30pts in YACL courses + EDUC102 (Child and Adolescent Development) before entry into YACL303.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Christoph Teschers


Anne Horton


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 15 Sep 2023 40% Literature/Theory Review
Portfolio Presentation 22 Oct 2023 40% Presentation with accompanying notes
Fieldwork report 22 Oct 2023 20% Field experience report


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 YACL303 Occurrences

  • YACL303-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023
  • YACL303-23S2 (D) Semester Two 2023 (Distance)