School of Social Sciences

The BSc in Youth Development Work is a four year degree programme in the School of Social Sciences, department of Community Development, Psycho-social Support and Behavioural Sciences. This  is the first degree programme of its kind in the Commonwealth. This programme was designed by the University of West Indies (UWI) Open Campus in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), Caribbean Centre. The progamme was initially intended to fill an identified need in Commonwealth Caribbean countries for standardised professional training for youth workers in government service, non-governmental organisations and community groups. Such a need has since been identified for the rest of the Commonwealth counties and is now offered through a Consortium of Commonwealth Universities which BOU is a member of. The programme aims to introduce and develop the discipline of Youth Development Work; equip students with the knowledge, attitudes, skills and experiences required for effective youth development work at senior management levels, and to develop effective and reflective youth development practitioners who are capable of applying theory to practice when working with youth. The programme develops in the students, specific competencies required for effective youth development work that will enable beginners as well as experienced practitioners to develop and/or refine their skills in Youth Development Work. The courses in this programme are designed to support student acquisition of a set of regionally agreed Level IV competencies for Youth Work.

Programme Structure

Bachelor of Science Degree in Youth Development Work (BSc YDW)

Year

Semester

Programme Codes

Title of Course

Credits (BQA)

 

 

 

 

Year 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 1

SYFL711

Foundations for Learning Success

15

SYTP711

 

Youth Development Work: Introduction to theory and practice

20

SYPD711

 

Youth Development Work: personal and professional Development

20

SYPA711

Introduction to Political Institutions and Analysis

15

 

Total Semester 1 credits

70

Semester 2

 

 

SYIS712

Introduction to Sociology

20

SYSY712

Sociology of Youth

20

SYCI712

Contemporary Issues in Youth Development Work

20

SYAI712

Youth advocacy: ICTs in Youth Development

20

 

 

 

Total Semester 2 credits

80

 

 

YEAR 1 TOTAL CREDITS

150

 

 

 

 

Year 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 1

SYEA721

English for Academic Purposes

15

SYAT721

Youth Advocacy principles & tools

20

SYIE721

Introduction to Economics

20

SYPS721

Introduction to Psychology: Social, Development and Abnormal

15

 

 

Total Semester 1 credits

70

 

Semester 2

 

SYDP722

Developmental Psychology

20

SYML722

Management and leadership skills for youth development work

20

SYGP722

 

Youth Governance and Participation

20

 

SYGT722

 

Supporting youth in grief and trauma

15

 

 

 

Total Semester 2 credits

75

 

 

YEAR 2 TOTAL CREDITS

145

 

 

Year 3

 

 

 

Semester 1

SYNP731

Youth development work: networks, partnerships and resources

15

SYSM731

Science, Medicine and Technology in Society

15

SYPC731

Peace conflict resolution and mediation

15

SISR731

Introduction to social Research

20

 

 

Semester 2

 

Total semester 1 credits

65

SYCO732

Working with youth in community and organisational settings (mini field projects)

25

SYHS732

Health, Safety and well-being being in youth development work

20

 

Total Semester 2 credits

45

 

 

YEAR 3 TOTAL CREDITS

110

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4

 

 

Semester 1

 

SASR741

Applied Social Research (research project)

15 (30)

SYSP741

Strategic planning and programme management for youth development

20

 

 

Total Semester 1 credits

35

Semester 2 Electives

 

 

 

SYSD742

Youth and sustainable development (elective)

10

     

SYES742

Youth Entrepreneurship and sustainable livelihoods (elective)

10

SYGC742

Guidance and Counselling

10

SYPM742

Project Management

10

SASR74

Applied Social Research (research project submission)

25

 

 

 

Total Semester 2 credits

45

 

 

YEAR 4 TOTAL CREDITS

75

 

 

PROGRAMME TOTAL CREDITS

480

 

This programme is suitable for professional youth workers, including graduates of Diploma or Associate Degree programmes in Youth Work, as well as students with no prior experience who wish to pursue a career in Youth Development Work. This degree is expected to become the standard qualification for youth workers within the public and private sector.

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