10 cp Prerequisites YSED100 History of Young People and YSED205 Ethical Principles and Practice of Youth Work Teaching Organisation 3 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent. Students will use a combination of library literature searches, lectures, workshops, seminars and guest speakers to complete the major objectives of the unit.
This unit outlines the importance of youth research and how it shapes our knowledge about young people. It traces the ways a variety of academic disciplines have set about researching young people and considers the ways such research and theoretical knowledge shape various styles of youth work practice and programs. Attention is given to the various research methods with particular attention paid to ethics in research, and the value of action research methods in work with young people. The unit will look at all stages of the research process and will teach students how to use research in their professional youth work practice. It will identify key research issues for the youth work sector and consider some of the dilemmas that researchers face.