YOUTHWRK 152G : Understanding New Zealand Youth

Education and Social Work

2021 Semester Two (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 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
Graduate Profile: University

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 and 2)
  2. Describe the challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand's youth population. (Capability 1 and 2)
  3. Critically evaluate the public portrayal of young people in New Zealand. (Capability 2)
  4. Describe strategies to promote the positive development of young New Zealanders (Capability 1, 2 and 3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Critical Evaluation of New Zealand Youth in Public Space within Media Report 30% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 20% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Critical Evaluation of New Zealand Youth in Public Space within Media Report
Final Exam

Course work must be completed to the satisfaction of the examiners. That is, students must achieve at least 50% for the course, hand in 80% of quizzes and a submission for the written assignment and an attempt for the online examination.

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 1 hour of lectures/online modules, a 2 hour tutorial, 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 2hr 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. 

Other learning activities including workshops will not be available as recordings.The course will not include live online events including group discussions/workshops unless the context merits such a shift. Attendance on campus is not required for the exam as all exams are online for 2021. The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

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

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.

Digital 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.

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.

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 your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, 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 you may be asked to submit your 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. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.