YOUTHWRK 152/152G : Understanding New Zealand Youth

Education and Social Work

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examines the concept of 'youth' and the historical, economic and political contexts in which young people live and are schooled in New Zealand society. The concept of youth is explored as a fundamental aspect of human development, identity and culture. The ways that we learn about what it is to be a young person in New Zealand today, including sport, body image, media, music, technology and social networking will be explored.

Course Overview

Please be advised this is a flipped model course. Meaning you will not get face-to-face interactions with the lecturer of the course. Instead you will be expected to watch recorded mini-modules online (typically there are three to four, 10 to 15-minute recordings that together make one lecture) each week, complete a quiz based on a weekly reading (8/10 required to pass the course) and then attend a 1-hour face-to-face workshop where you are expected participate in various learning activities or discussions to apply content from recorded lectures. These workshops occur weekly, are prepared by your lecturer then delivered by a graduate teaching assistant (i.e., tutor) and cover content that is tested on the final exam. The exam for this course is cumulative - meaning you will be tested on content from each module across the semester. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Social Work

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how the social environment shapes a young person's development. (Capability 1.3, 2.1 and 6.1)
  2. Describe the challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand's youth population. (Capability 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 6.1 and 6.2)
  3. Critically evaluate the public portrayal of young people in New Zealand. (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 4.2)
  4. Describe strategies to promote the positive development of young New Zealanders (Capability 1.3, 2.1 and 3.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Critical Evaluation 30% Individual Coursework
In-workshop Quizzes 20% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Critical Evaluation
In-workshop Quizzes
Final Exam

To pass this course you must attempt all assessments to the satisfaction of your assessors. This includes completing 80% (8/10) of weekly quizzes.

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, you can expect 2 hours of preparation around weekly lectures. This includes 1 hour of recorded lectures (i.e., online mini-modules) plus approximately 1-hour of stopping and starting while making notes on the recorded lecture (2 hours total). You will also be expected to attend a 1 hour workshop, 4.5 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 2.5 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including weekly 1hr workshops to complete components of the course.
Mini-modules (i.e., lectures) will be available as recordings. You are expected to review these prior to attending your scheduled workshop on campus. Weekly quizzes must be completed within their time frame and completing 8/10 quizzes is a requirement to be eligible for passing the course. 

Weekly workshops will not be available as recordings. If you sign up for a specific workshop, you must attend that time slot as per our health and safety rules we cannot have workshop rooms over capacity.

The course will not include live online events including group discussions/workshops unless the context merits such a shift. 

Details of final exam delivery, either on campus or online, will be determined and shared in the "Announcements" tab for the course on Canvas once confirmed. The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

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.

Required readings are assigned each week in the reading list and are available electronically from the UoA library. 

All weekly mini-module recordings are uploaded at least one-week in advance. Ensure you familiarise yourself with Canvas tabs to navigate this course efficiently. 

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.

Student feedback has been considered in the design of this course.

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 against online source material 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.

When requesting an extension, please have already completed the extension request form available on Canvas and attached the required evidence to support your request.

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.

Published on 29/06/2022 07:36 p.m.