30 October – 11 December 2017
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Enrol now: Open online course 'Essentials of youth policy’

The EU-CoE youth partnership online course on youth policy is now open for enrolment. Discover more below about what the course is about and join the course! Are you interested in joining the course? Click here to enrol. Enrolments are open from 18 September to early December.

The open online course will equip learners with the basic competences to engage in youth policy. Learners will learn about the essential elements of youth policy, the steps of youth policy (development, delivery, evaluation), its impact in the lives of young people, and they will reflect on their future steps in youth policy.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • understand the “essentials” of youth policy (concepts and definitions, scope, objectives, actors, history, European and national levels)
  • become aware of the relevance of the key elements for youth policy (cross-sectoral, evidence -based, participation, inclusion, youth work)
  • understand how to build a framework for youth policy (identifying key issues, priority areas and themes)
  • understand the major steps for youth policy development, implementation and delivery, and evaluation
  • reflect on the future of youth policy and their own future engagement in youth policy
  • be ready to take steps for further involvement in youth policy.

The course will make use extensively of the knowledge and materials developed by the partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth and from examples at the global, regional and national level. It will offer an overview of the main elements, standards, issues and challenges of youth policy today. The course will also provide chances for participants to learn from their own practice. 

The course is open and free for anyone interested. We encourage in particular youth policy makers from different levels, youth workers and youth leaders, youth NGOs and youth researchers to join the course.

The course will start on 30 October 2017, and has a duration of 6 weeks. Interested learners can enroll in the course starting from 18 September.

The course is structured in six Modules.

Module 1: Introduction

  • It includes basic user orientation on the Canvas platform
  • Introduces participants to the structure, objectives, methodology of the course
  • Includes a short self-assessment questionnaire that users fill in to assess their prior knowledge on youth policy

Module 2: Youth policy essentials

  • It includes information about the main concepts and definitions of youth policy, actors and roles, history, objectives of youth policy
  • It includes information about the link between the transnational and the national level of youth policy

Module 3: Key elements of youth policy

  • It includes information about the main elements needed for youth policy to develop
  • It includes 4 sections with theory and examples on : cross-sectoral co-operation in the field of youth policy, evidence base for youth policy, social inclusion of young people, youth participation and youth policy

Module 4: How to build a youth policy framework

  • It includes information about practical mechanisms to develop a youth policy strategy

Module 5: Implementation of youth policy

  • It includes information about the delivery of youth policy, as well as monitoring and evaluation of youth policy

Module 6: Future of youth policy and course closing

  • It includes information on recent developments, opportunities and future trends in youth policy in Europe
  • It includes the evaluation of the course by participants.

Are you interested in joining the course? Click here to enrol.