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Games for Youth Engagement

Aims
The overall objective is to equip youth workers with skills and analytical capabilities in engaging young people in youth work through the medium of Games. This course will be informed by an understanding of youth work principals and practice and will review the application of games as experiential learning. Students will also be exposed to the place of games in youth culture and will be equipped with games design skills.

Entry requirements

A relevant honours degree or approved equivalent with a minimum award of Second Class Honours Grade 2.2 or A primary honours degree AND at least 3 years relevant professional responsibility and experience.

Candidates must also be actively involved in youth work either as a volunteer or a paid employee working at least 5 hours per week with a registered youth work organisation or project.

Candidates will need to have demonstrated an adequate level of English, for example IELTS 5.5.

Duration

30 weeks, 2 semesters.

Online Lectures - Online lectures & reading material to be accessed over 2 evenings per week, taking approx. 3 hours per session to complete. Access time for these sessions at the student's discretion.

Seminar - 1 seminar each semester at LIT Thurles; all students expected to attend. Webinar - 3 hours webinar each month.

Workplace Learning - Students expected to spend min. 5 hours per week working/volunteering in a youth work setting.

Number of credits

30

Further enquiries

For further information:
Dept of Flexible Learning
Tel: 0504 28112
Email: Flexible@lit.ie

For academic queries:
Contact: Paul Keating
Email: paul.keating@lit.ie

Subjects taught

Content
All students will complete the modules on Critical Youth Work Theory on successful completion of which the student will undertake specific modules in Games for Youth Engagement.

Block Introduction to Critical Youth Work Theory
1. Critical Youth Work Theory
2. Collaboration in Youth Work
3. Global Youth Work and Development Education.

Block Games for Youth Engagement
1. Games and Youth Engagement
2. Digital Games in Contemporary Youth Culture
3. Designing Games for Youth Work Practice

Comment

Qualification
Certificate in Global Youth Work and Development Education (Special Purpose Award Level 9).

Location: Online Delivery with one seminar each month at the LIT Thurles Campus.

Assessment method

Assessment/Examinations
There will be a cross modular project for each block constituting 40% marks for each module. The subject of this will be agreed with the host youth organisation. There will be an essay or project for each module worth 40%. Students will complete a series of online questions based on the lectures which will count for 20% of the module mark.

Course fee

€1,500
All Taught Postgraduate students can avail of three payment options:
Option 1: 100% on registration.
Option 2: 50% on registration and 50% by the 15th January.
Option 3: By Instalment Plan – Signed and Agreed with the Grants & Fees Office.

Please see our How to Pay your Fees and Payment of Fees Deadlines sections for more details.

Please Note: Examination results will not be released to any student with an outstanding fee. Students will not be permitted to register for the next academic session or graduate until their outstanding fees are paid in full.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Dates: September & January

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