EDUC 200 : Youth Mentoring

Education and Social Work

2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A theoretical and applied study of youth mentoring. Students will develop an understanding of theories of youth and youth mentoring, examine current issues in youth mentoring such as cultural perspectives, developmental considerations, and contexts of youth mentoring. Students will also engage in a mentoring internship where they will demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply their developed knowledge and skills.

Course Overview

EDUC 200 is a unique service-learning course offered in Semester One each year. Students who take EDUC 200 will gain important skills and experience by participating in a full-year youth mentoring internship where they will be able to apply the knowledge gained in class. EDUC 200 is offered in partnership with the MATES Junior programme. MATES Jr is an evidence-informed after-school youth mentoring programme designed to help young people from low decile intermediate schools achieve their full potential. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Any 60 points passed and approval from the Course Director

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of of youth development and mentoring from an ecological perspective and how this relates to the Aotearoa New Zealand cultural context (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  2. Understand and critically evaluate issues of social justice and how these relate to Aotearoa New Zealand youth (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)
  3. Apply this new understanding of youth development and mentoring by working directly with youth in a group setting (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Critical Self-reflection 25% Individual Coursework
Activity Resource 35% Group & Individual Coursework
Internship 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Critical Self-reflection
Activity Resource

To pass this course students must submit all assessments and achieve at least 50% for the overall course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, each week you can expect [2] hours of interactive tutorials, [1] hour of online lecture content, [1.5] hour of reading and thinking about the content, [2] hours of work on assignments and [3.5] hours of internship (including preparation for the mentoring session). 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including workshops to receive credit for components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including workshops will not be available as recordings.

The course will include live face-to-face events including workshops and youth mentoring at schools across Auckland.

Students are required to complete readings and review recorded lecture content before each tutorial. 

Tutorials are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Mentoring sessions take place outside of the standard weekly timetable.

This course is not available to offshore or online students.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Students who have taken the course report 100% satisfaction with the quality of the course and comment:
One of the best courses I have taken. Loved it!
…an engaging classroom environment that facilitated learning.
Internship throughout the programme is brilliant. Love visiting mentee’s school and engaging with my mentee. Wonderful experience. 

Other Information

Because EDUC 200 involves working with children and young people, the University must comply with government regulations associated with the Children’s Act 2014. To be accepted into this course students must participate in an application process and undergo a Police Vet. This is completed at no expense to the student and is organised and facilitated by the Course Director and the MATES Jr team. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.