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Scope and strategy
Module offering by semester
Diploma for all
Opportunities for academic advancement
Commonwealth Secretariat, through the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP),
has for the past twenty-one years run residential training courses for
youth workers. The Regional Centres, Africa, Asia, Caribbean and South
Pacific, play the key role in delivering these programmes, with the
support and assistance of the Pan Commonwealth Office (PCO). For some
time, the PCO and Regional Directors have been considering the future of
these programmes. In 1995, at the Commonwealth Ministers meeting in
Trinidad and Tobago, a mandate was agreed to restructure the training
courses in such a manner that it opens up access to a wider audience. CYP
responded to this challenge by developing an innovative partnership with
20 Commonwealth Universities and tertiary educational institutions and the
Commonwealth of Learning (COL). The collaboration between CYP, COL and
Commonwealth educational institutions breaks new ground. Commonwealth
member governments called for greater access to the highly valued CYP
Diploma in Youth and Development Studies. Universiti Putra Malaysia,
through the expertise in the Department
of Professional Development
and Continuing Education, was identified by the Commonwealth Secretariat
as the main institution to provide and to confer the Diploma in Youth in
Development Work to students and youth development workers in this region.
Malaysia, the 15th of May 1997 marked a remarkable shift in the
approach of youth development in the country. On the launching of the
Youth Day Celebration, a new strategy was announced in the reformation of
Youth Movement, Youth Affairs and Youth Policy. This milestone calls for
the upgrading of professionalism in Youth Work between the youth workers
and youth leaders in all sectors (government, private and NGO) to be
effective both locally and globally.
Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia
needs a local institution to train more professional youth workers
to cope with the challenge ahead. At the same time, the Ministry was
looking for a programme that is accredited and recognized that eventually
provide the opportunity for the graduates to pursue further study locally
and abroad. The offering of the Diploma in Youth in Development Work by
Universiti Putra Malaysia is timely.
The Youth Development Studies Unit (YDSU), Department
of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Universiti Putra
Malaysia, has been contributing towards research and development in the
areas of Youth Movement, Youth Affairs and Youth Policy at the national,
regional and international arenas. Specific to CYP, the staffs of the
department have a long-standing relationship as resource persons,
researchers, facilitators and fellows. As for the department relationship
with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, she has been placed as her major
consultant since 1972.
objectives of offering the Diploma Programme in Youth and Development Work
To equip the participants with knowledge, attitude and competencies
in working with young people in a variety of settings, in managing and
supporting other paid and volunteer workers and formulating policies in
governmental and non-governmental agencies.
and Strategy of the Programme
conduct of the Diploma in Youth in Development Work employs the Off Campus
based on action research learning strategies. This approach is expected to
cater for the diverse areas, different needs and aspiration, cultures and
traditions in the learning process; in offering the students broader
understanding and insights.
forms of support will be available:
Material - will be produced for each of the core modules.
Support - will be provided by partner agencies, through computer and
electronic based communication systems, and through arranged meetings with
cluster group of students.
Contract - learners are required to engage in self directed learning.
· Practice Development - students will undertake supervised projects and practical pieces of work within an organization
of the Programme
duration of the programme will not be more than two years.
Certificate of Education or the equivalent
experience in working with youth, social work, extension work, human
resource development and community development and the equivalent
general competency in the English Language
The fee may be payable
on module by module (RM 350/module) or
semester by semester basis. The total fee is as follows:
RM 6000.00 (£1000.00)
of the Programme
To reach the diploma
level the students will need to accrue 17 courses which are presented in
the form of modules. Specifically the modules are composed of 13 core
modules, two regional modules (CYP - ASIA Centre modules) and two national
modules (requirement courses for all programmes in Universiti Putra
Malaysia). The core modules are :
Covers universal values
associated with democratic and human rights principles,
and provides training in democratic styles of leadership,
consensual decision-making, adapting to groups of differing backgrounds or
with disabilities, ensuring equal participation by young women, and
understanding different values, religions and traditions.
the theory and practice of youth in development work to the social
context. It explores differences and commonalties in the transition from
child to adult in different societies.
Focuses on the
professional role of the practitioner, and the process of informal
education. It analyses contemporary approaches - crisis intervention,
prevention, empowerment, centralized and outreach work. The module
includes project work in a youth organization.
knowledge and skills to work successfully with young individuals and
groups. Youth in development is presented as a planned developmental
process, and study includes the theory and practice of community
ways to ensure equality of outcomes for young women and men, covering the
range of theoretical perspectives. It develops techniques to encourage
equal participation by young women and skills in gender sensitive
planning, implementation and evaluation.
on the youth in development work as an educator, it shows how people learn
and how they can be helped to learn. It includes face-to-face work with
young people in training situations.
in the youth in development work as a leader, it covers self-management,
managing staff, organizational development, needs assessment and analysis,
budgeting, scheduling and evaluation.
the knowledge and skills necessary to design, deliver and assess a
project. It covers all the processes from identifying the need, through
bidding for funds to bringing the project to self-sustainability
an action research focus, this module develops skills in influencing
policy making processes. It centres on the study of national youth policy
- analysing existing policies and seeking ways to improve them or create
mediation and negotiation, studying the nature of competing perspectives -
both among young and between youth and established society - and
strategies to express differences positively and work towards consensus or
students with basic enterprise development skills; it gives a practical
grounding in the opportunities and pitfalls of self-employment, in
communication with and providing leadership among marginalised young men
and women, so enabling graduates to provide training and support and to
run projects in small-scale enterprise.
on health issues of the region, this module covers sexual health, drug,
nutrition and diet, exercise and healthy living. It also develops skills
in fostering relationship.
how the youth in development work can stimulate awareness of environmental
is sues among young people and help them make an active contribution to
and concepts related to population and family life; environmental,
development and social issues associated with population dynamics; puberty
and related changes in youth; sexuality and sexual behaviours of youth;
roles and responsibilities of youth as members of a family; and values and
ethics of caring society.
and concepts of self and personality; negative emotions and intrapersonal
conflicts; factors influencing personality development; counseling skills
in developing personality; and interpersonal communication skills.
Islam as Religion and
civilization; Basic concept, criteria and major characteristic; Islamic
world view; the concept of ruling and administration in Islam; the
philosophy of Islamic science and technology and its related fields; the
concept and achievement of Islamic architecture and environmental planning
in Islam; Islam and contemporary issues.
Nation’s history: The struggle for independence, the formation of the federation of Malaysia; Plural society: history, characteristic and problems; System of parliamentary democracy; Electoral system; The Malaysian Constitution; Rukun Negara; The Constitutional Monarchy; Public Administration; The New Economic Policy; National Social Policies; Vision 2020
remodeled Diploma in Youth in Development Work is a long awaited
programme in Malaysia and the Commonwealth. There is a need for an
accredited youth resource development programme to prepare professionals
to empower the young people to be effective-partner in development. This
unique professional Diploma is for concerned planner, leader, mentor,
facilitator, teacher, social development worker, change agent and others
whose clients include young people.
Graduates of the Diploma
programme will be able to pursue further education in related fields in
selected tertiary partner institutions of the Commonwealth. Selected
tertiary institutions include:
University of Huddersfield
Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
of South Pacific
of Professional Development
and Continuing Education
UPM, opportunities are available for the graduates to pursue higher
degrees (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral
programme) in Youth Studies and related disciplines.
Ghandi National University (IGNU)
of South Africa (UNISA)
of West Indies (UWI)
of Youth and Sports
Development Studies Unit (YSDU)
: 03 – 89486101 (10 lines) ext 8246/8229
: 03 – 89450455