Young People in Society


VET Diploma Level Subject

In Young People in Society students look at how young people and the actions they take are shaped by their relationship with each other, their families and the broader social, economic and political world. This includes looking at how young people are made to feel they belong and don’t belong in certain spaces and in different institutions. This belonging or not belonging is affected by how the social goods of society are distributed, how young peoples’ maturity may be assessed and by the assumptions people may make about them based on their gender, sexuality, ethnicity, culture or level of education.

This subject also looks how differing access to power and money affects the decisions people are able to make about their lives and the decisions that are made for them. Of particularly significance in this unit is an examination of what this might mean for young people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background or from a socially or culturally diverse background. Finally we look at how we can use our understanding of these power relationships to effectively advocate for and with young people.

Learning Elements

Subjects are composed of Units of Competency from the government endorsed Diploma of Youth Work Training Package. This subject has three units of competency: CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services, CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People and CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety.

The unit of competency CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services contains three elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Identify social and cultural issues impacting on clients in Australian society
  • Analyse impacts of social and cultural factors on clients
  • Monitor impact of social and cultural factors on community work and services provided to clients

The unit of competency CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse People contains four elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups

The unit of competency CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety contains five elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies
  • For improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Content Areas

  • Sociology of youth
  • Inequality and poverty
  • Young people and education
  • Young people in the family, understanding ATSI cultures
  • Response of institutions to ATSI young people
  • Insiders & outsiders and CALD young people
  • Deviance, power and belonging: gender
  • Deviance, power and belonging: juvenile justice
  • Deviance, power and belonging: radicalisation
  • Drugs and how governments react to problems
  • Influencing change in government

Subject Duration and Workload

This subject involves a total of 172 hours per term of study including course work, teacher contact, work placement and research and related study activities.

This subject is undertaken over a 12-week term. In addition to the 4 hours of teacher-led class time each week, students are expected to spend an average of 5 hours of study per week on this subject over the course of the term. In addition to this students will need to allocate additional time for the completion of assessment activities based on work undertaken on work placement and on work placement activities.