10 cp Prerequisites YSED103 Practicum 1: Working with Youth Organisations and Agencies Teaching Organisation 3 hours per week for classes, and 30 days placement in a youth work agency.
The practicum will provide students with an opportunity to undertake their first placement in a youth work agency context. Agency is defined very broadly here to cover a wide range of youth work settings. The practicum will allow students to interact with young people in a youth work setting, and they will be expected to develop and reflect on how youth workers engage young people. Students are expected to examine the daily practices of an agency and consider the agencys organisational composition and goals. Students will consider their own values and beliefs through purposeful, reasoned and goal-directed critical thinking. In consultation with field educators students will be expected to apply adult learning principles and experiential learning techniques to develop self-directed learning and autonomous work practices. This unit will encourage students to incorporate actively a professional philosophy based on integrity, and to ensure that their relationships with young people are non-exploitative.