Faculty of Arts

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Precious-Pearl Vezi


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) rests on four pillars: survival rights, development rights, protection rights and participation rights. These pillars are used in this unit as they provide an appropriate policy and legislative framework for children and youth at risk and articulate the notion of children's rights. Inter-sectoral integration, the establishment of minimum standards of care, adjustments to legislation and programmatic responses are incorporated in this movement. Students will gain an understanding of the impact legislation has in the child rights' area locally and abroad through the application of case studies. The unit will cover the process of policy development and evaluation and will explore the skillsrelated to the managerial responsibility of supervision. The aim of the unit is to prepare the child and youth care worker for the more strategic macro level responsibility of ensuring that services to children and youth are aligned with policy and legislation through procedural knowledge and supervision skills.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate and design policies with the policy development process.
  2. Identify and explain policy principles
  3. Explore current legislative and policy frameworks that guide child and youth development services in South Africa
  4. Provide an overview of international legislation that impacts on service to children and youth
  5. Describe the rights of young people and promote these in practice
  6. Integrate the role of advocate into the professional repertoire.
  7. Demonstrate basic knowledge of grants and how to access them
  8. Explainthe skills underlying supervision and leadership


Weekly group application exercises: 20%
Weekly online quizzes: 10%
Weekly discussion forum entries: 10%
Major assignment essay - Designing a policy proposal: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Total weekly workload of 12 hours comprising:
3 hours face to face contact per week in the form of weekly seminars. The remaining 9 hours will be spent in preparation for the seminars and researching and writing for the final essay assignment.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS3772 or AZA3772 and three more units chosen from: ATS2762 or AZA2762 and ATS3769 or ATS3771 or ATS3770 or AZA3769 or AZA3770 or AZA3771