Diploma in Youth Development (DYD)


Credit points required

Students are required to gain 150 credit points (150 CP) to be eligible for graduation.

Structure/Duration Study

The students will be required to attend an intensive 4 – 6 weeks residential block mode component in Madang during each semester. Directed and practical assignments relating to workplace applications are completed in the student’s own time. The program will be conducted through a flexible learning mode using well-established principles of adult learning applied to PNG context and employs collaborative classroom teaching and learning approach. DYD, which will be housed in the Faculty of Arts, consists of fourteen units of study, each with a value of 10 credit points. Students will be required to take four units per residential session in a semester.

Admission Requirements

Initially, potential candidates who hold a higher school certificate (grade 12) and have worked as a youth worker, for at least three years, are encouraged to apply. Future considerations of prospective candidates may be considered on a case-by case basis, depending on equivalent qualifications and Prior Learning.


Program Units

YD201  Ethics and Leadership in Development
YD202  Commonwealth Values in Youth Development Work
YD203  Learning Processes
YD204  Young People and Society
YD205  Principles and Practices of Youth Development Work
YD206  Working with People in Their Communities
YD207  Gender and Development
YD208  Management Skills
YD209  Policy Planning and Implementation
YD210  Project Planning, Management and Evaluation
YD211  Conflict Resolution Strategies and Implementation
YD212  Promoting Enterprise and Economic Development
YD213  Youth and Health
YD214  Sustainable development and Environmental Issues
YD215  Pacific Studies 


Unit Descriptions


YD201 Ethics and Leadership in Development - 10 credit points

Ethics is a systematic, critical study concerned with the evaluation of human conduct in its social and cultural context to make ethical decisions. It is concerned about what is right, fair, just or good; about what we ought to do, or not to do. Ethics is also the critical evaluation of human conduct in any moral and professional perspective. In this unit, students will explore the understanding, sources and importance of ethics in everybody’s personal and professional life. It will also explore leadership skills and style that are applicable to development approaches in PNG. In today’s development occurrence and trainings many young people need to appreciate ethical leadership style that can be applied in their workplaces. The unit is designed to assist students to think and act ethically.


YD202 Commonwealth Values in Youth Development Work - 10 credit points

This unit has two goals: first, it introduces students to a set of values that have come to underpin the Commonwealth and how it actually works through consultation, cooperation, and consensus-building. It will focus on the key concepts of human rights, equity, democracy, pluralism, citizenship, participation, and empowerment. The unit helps students develop an understanding of the specific ideas that underpin these terms, as well as what they mean in the context of youth development work. Second, the unit introduces the Commonwealth as an international organisation – how it evolved, how it is structured, and what it is trying to achieve.


YD203 Learning Processes - 10 credit points

This unit explores different theories of learning and their influences. It identifies the different ways in which people learn and the factors that inhibit or facilitate learning. It also considers experiential learning as a method that is appropriate to youth development workers, and examines appropriate strategies for face-to-face work with young people and adults. The unit focuses on the role of youth development workers as educators or learning facilitators. Hence, students are introduced to the ideas and practices of learning that are relevant to youth development work.


YD204 Young People and Society - 10 credit points

This unit is designed to help students understand some of the theoretical background of youth development work, so that they can relate what they study to the social context in which they work. Students will examine: how young people are seen in various societies, and from different sociological perspectives, the range of definitions of ‘youth’, ‘adolescence’ and ‘family’, and the problems and issues facing young people and the societies in which they live. The unit illuminates the situation of young people in their society by exploring what researchers and theorists have said about youth in different social contexts, and relating them to general theories about society.


YD205 Principles and Practices of Youth Development Work - 10 credit points

This unit will introduce different approaches of working with young people so that the students will develop insight and skills of youth work. They will get a clearer understanding of the several key practices in youth work. It will cover history and traditions, models and approaches with practical settings of youth development work in Papua New Guinea and the world. The unit will further elaborate on the practical skills of youth workers when working with individuals and youth groups. The students will further explore the roles of youth workers and their professional conducts in the work place.


YD206 Working with People in Their Communities - 10 credit points

In this unit, students will explore what is currently understood about the most appropriate knowledge and skills required for working successfully with young people in groups. Students will be encouraged to think ahead and reflect on their successes and difficulties, study how people have worked in communities and their theories about their work. They will explore the theory and practice of community development, with particular reference to the work of Paolo Freire, learn about community development work plans, and how to make and implement them. They will also examine the characteristics of an effective group leader and consider the processes involved when their work is completed at the end of their involvement.


YD207 Gender and Development - 10 credit points

This unit explores the theory and practice of how to ensure equal outcomes for young women and young men. It examines a range of theories and approaches in different development and feminist traditions, and explores the implications for youth development work. It looks at the development issues that affect men and women, and the ways these issues may affect them differently. It examines the concept of gender and development and how this can be applied in projects and practical work.


YD208 Management Skills - 10 credit points

This unit focuses on the full range of management roles and tasks that youth development workers may need to perform, and about which they need to know.  The unit begins by exploring the concept of management and the theories informing the practices of management. It then focuses on showing how youth workers can manage both the resources and the staff they are responsible for in order to complete the tasks they need to manage. It also guides them through the management of organisational development and change. Key management processes are covered in detail, including time management, managing oneself, managing resources, staff development, budgeting and monitoring expenditure, and managing communication and information technology.


YLD209 Policy Planning and Implementation - 10 credit points

This unit will enable the student to develop the skills required to investigate, analyse and influence policy-making processes that shape welfare services, particularly those that directly affect the quality of young people’s lives. It will focus in particular on the nature of youth policy – the common themes that underpin national youth policies and the characteristic tensions within such policies. The relationship between youth policies and the wider policy environment will be considered. The unit will also look at the criteria for success or failure of youth policies and the evaluation of their outcomes.


YD210 Project Planning, Management and Evaluation - 10 credit points

This unit introduces students to the practices that have built up around the design and management of projects in the last few decades to give a general overview of project work. Much work on youth development is organised around specific projects, which are designed by youth workers and relevant stakeholders to solve very specific problems faced, or alternatively, they may be part of a much larger projects run by major funding bodies. To ensure project quality, project design and development are expected to use certain techniques. The unit therefore includes practical examples, that students are expected to use the examples as given and apply them to their own context. The examples used are to show the underlying principle hence, adjustments using case studies, will need to be made to suit context.


YD211 Conflict Resolution Strategies and Implementation - 10 credit points

This unit is designed to help students understand the nature of conflict and its effects on people in a range of contexts, both at an individual and at a group level. It will look at processes involved in behaviour that occurs between different groups, called inter-group behaviour, and its potential on group members. Students will become familiar with techniques designed to facilitate the resolution of conflict, which will improve their ability to work effectively with and through conflict. Throughout the unit, practical examples will be drawn from the Commonwealth that illuminates the theory and practice of mediation and negotiation.


YD212 Promoting Enterprise and Economic Development - 10 credit points

This unit focuses on the nature of current economic development and its relationship to enterprise activity. It will explore some of development possibilities of the links between youth work and contemporary economic change. The unit will describe the skills needed to promote self-employment among young women and young men, including the principles of setting up micro-enterprises. It will also explore aspects of informal education that can help young people to develop enterprise skills and undertake enterprise projects.


YD213 Youth and Health - 10 credit points

This unit defines youth in the context of health and looks at why it is important to involve young people in the planning and implementation of any programme that targets them, and how to promote youth participation. The unit also looks at contemporary health issues that affect young people, such as nutrition and diet, sexuality and reproductive health and drug abuse. Students learn about the differences between the principles of youth development work and those of health professionals and educators, and explore the need for appropriate alliances between health agencies and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). The unit also looks at how to enable practitioners to recognise the different roles they have, and how to foster effective working relationships.


YD214 Sustainable Development and Environmental Issues - 10 credit points

This unit draws its contexts from the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992. The unit will help students increase their knowledge of the sustainable development and environmental issues that affect youth around the world. It will also provide students with the skills that will enable them to contribute to positive change in the present state of the environment, and enable them to lead and support group activities that will help to promote environmentally sustainable development.


YD215 Pacific Studies - 10 Credit Points