Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rika Swanzen


The two Child and youth care research project units are designed to equip students with the necessary research skills to undertake independent research project in an area of interest. This research project will contribute to the literature available to the child and youth care profession.
The aims of this unit focus on adequate research problem formulation and development; integration of relevant literature that informs the research question; and the development and proposal of a thorough research design.
Support is provided by a qualified supervisor.


On completion of the unit the students will be able to:

  1. Illustrate knowledge of child and youth care through an initial literature review on challenges faced by this client group.
  2. Conceptualise a topic and critically evaluate the feasibility of the study.
  3. Provide a South African and International context to the proposed study.
  4. Propose a thorough research design incorporating fundamental research principles, methods and techniques necessary to carry out sound research and data analysis.


Presentation on challenges faced in child and youth care (locally and internationally) and topic formulation: 40%
Written research design proposal: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Total weekly workload is 24 hours comprising:
2 hours face to face contact per week in the form of weekly seminars and 1 hour per week spent on peer assisted learning (forum discussions). The remaining 21 hours will be spent on the literature study and conceptualisation of the research project.

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