How can policies enable young people to be active citizens? How can they support young people to be included in society and to realise their potential and aspirations? This MOOC will equip learners with the basic competences to engage in youth policy. A youth policy is a strategy by public authorities, providing young people with opportunities for successful integration in society and enabling them to be active and responsible. 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.

The course included basic information, so it could be of particular interest to those starting off in the field of youth. This course was open and free for anyone interested. It doesn’t have specific requirements, except for intermediate English skills.

Course Date: Oct 8 – Nov 18, 2018
Duration: 6 weeks
Commitment: 4 hrs/week
Course Type: Instructor-led
Credential: Certificate (free)

By the end of the course, learners will:
* Understand the “basics” of youth policy (concepts and definitions, scope, objectives, actors, European and national levels).
* Become aware of the relevance of the key elements for youth policy (cross-sectoral, knowledge-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 future engagement in youth policy.
* Gain motivation and information about different ways of getting involved in youth policy.
Target Audience:
Our 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.
MOOC’s structure

Module 1: Introduction
* It included basic user orientation on the Canvas platform
* Introduced participants to the structure, objectives, methodology of the course
* Included a short self-assessment questionnaire that users fill in to assess their prior knowledge on youth policy

Module 2: Youth policy essentials
* It included information about the main concepts and definitions of youth policy, actors and roles, history, objectives of youth policy
* It included information about the link between the transnational and the national level of youth policy

Module 3: Key elements of youth policy
* It included information about the main elements needed for youth policy to develop
* It included 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 included information about practical mechanisms to develop a youth policy strategy

Module 5: Implementation of youth policy
* It included 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 included information on recent developments, opportunities and future trends in youth policy in Europe
* It included the evaluation of the course by participants.

Course is offered by partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth.

EU-CoE youth partnership

The partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth is meant to create synergies between the commitments and activities of the two partner institutions in the youth field in situations and on issues that justify a common European approach.
Youth policy is an important focus of the work of the EU-CoE youth partnership.

MOOC team
Laimonas Ragauskas – Instructor
Mara Georgescu – Instructor
Sandra Roe – Instructor
Ron Salaj – Instructor

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