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ZUG1099 - Professional Child and Youth Care

Undergraduate – Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Faculty of Social and Health Sciences


South Africa

  • First Semester 2019 (Day)

15 Credits


This module will introduce the student to the ecological-development context for the child and youth care profession. The historical context of the profession’s development, with the exploration of the need for the protection of children will form a basis for this module. An introduction is provided to the expectations placed on the child and youth care worker in various settings.


  • Identify the pioneers who contributed to the improvement of conditions for children
  • Reflectively appraise the unique attributes of child and youth care
  • Discuss the professional domains of child and youth care
  • Critically discuss the need for a professional code of ethics
  • Describe key child and youth care terminology
  • Explain and provide examples of the elements of reflective writing
  • Identify various challenges faced by child and youth care workers


Within semester/Formative assessment: 60%
Examination/Summative assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.