Time: 1 April – 31 May 2023
Place: Online studies
Extent: 3 ECTS credits
Target group: Youth workers, social workers or other professionals on youth sector
Required previous skills: Not required
Lecturer: Marita Mattila

Credited in degree at Xamk: All bachelor level degrees
Area of competence mentioned in Curriculum: Optional studies
Enrolment by: 19 March 2023
Price: Free of charge

Note that you can enrol for Open UAS studies at the maximum of 50 ECTS credits per semester. One person’s enrolments exceeding 50 ECTS credits are deleted in the enrolment order. Paying attention to this is important when planning your studies.

Please also notice, that
Xamk degree students cannot enrol on Pulse's courses.

This course is aimed at youth workers, social workers or other professionals on youth sector.

Learning outcomes:

  • You will be introduced of successful youth work practices, which are used for social empowerment of young people in Europe.
  • You will discuss with your colleagues from abroad the perspective of preventing social exclusion, enhancing empowerment and employability of youth.
  • You get practical examples of empowering youthwork promoting inclusion, participation, empowerment, active citizenship, and employability.
  • You understand the significance of these subjects in terms of well-being of youth.


  • The course introduces successful youth work practices, which are used for social empowerment of young people in Europe.
  • The course is divided on five different sections
    1. Getting to know your course colleagues
    2. “Equality” and “Experiential learning”
    3. “Employment” and “Online community/ mentoring”
    4. Developing a new working method for yourself
  • All sections introduce best practice/ examples, methods, recommendations, and further readings/ information with text, articles, pictures, and videos.
  • There are conversation tasks for you with instructions.

The course is based on group activities and conversation tasks. In the beginning you get your own international group, and you proceed with the tasks together. Therefore, this course cannot be completed individually at your own pace.

This course does not include live lectures.

The course covers3 ECTS credits, totalling 81 hours of student work. The number of hours is theoretical and varies according to student effort.

Study material:
The study material is accessible for everyone on the learning environment. All sections have their own interactive books that contain text about the topics, accessible external links to articles and videos followed by group discussion tasks.

Based on group works and tasks.
No exams.

Grading: Failed/Passed

Transcript of records will be delivered by request by email in PDF form.

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, email: openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
If you are not able to participate in the course, please let us know as soon as possible by email openstudies@xamk.fi.

Before the course starts, you'll receive an invitation by email to this course.

Please note that there can be changes in the course details in terms of the timetable and teachers, for example.



This course was composed as a result from the project
Empowering Youth – Successful youth work practises in Europe (EMPYRE)
The project was executed in September, 1st, 2019 – August, 31st, 2022 and was funded by Erasmus+ Youth in Action, Strategic Partnerships and Finnish National Board of Education.

Lead partner of the project was Juvenia – Youth Research and Development Centre in South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). Partners: University of Lodz, Centrum Zajec Pozaszkolnych Nr 1 w Lodzi, University of Bangor, Gisda cyf, Applied University of Upper Austria Linz and Kunnallisen nuorisotyön osaamiskeskus Kanuuna. Read more on www.xamk.fi/en/empoweringyouth/.


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