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Delving deeper into the concept of youths from a historical and transcultural perspective. Analysis of the concept of youth in the different scientific disciplines. Advanced knowledge of contemporary youth theories. The conditions of youths today: new forms of transitioning into adult life. Analysis of the globalisation and its impact on the life of young people. Review of current research about the conditions of youths. Advanced knowledge about youth movements and styles in the global era.
Sources of scientific and professional documentation and specialist resources for the design and application of youth policies. Advanced education in youth policies: Youth policies within the framework of public policies. Cross-disciplinary and sectoral perspectives. Evolution of theoretical discourse and of the current state of the youth practices and programmes in Catalonia, Spain and Europe. Advanced knowledge in the design and management of specialist youth plans and programmes. Multidisciplinary perspective in the cross-disciplinary work. Advanced knowledge in the evaluation of youth policies: scientific and methodological foundations of the specific assessment tools and approaches used. New approaches in working with young people: Analysis and discussion of innovative youth intervention experiences and programmes.
The image of young people and the construction of stereotypes in the media (information, fiction, advertising). The role of the media as a socialising agent, differences depending on age and gender. Fan fictionfanfiction
and culture. Media consumption and its meanings in the construction of young people’s identity. The new reality of digital identity. Topics about the audiovisual skills of young people. The cognitive and mobilising dimension of emotions: interferences between two cerebral circuits. Communication in social and educational work with young people. Analysis, design and assessment of educational communication proposals. The challenge of audiovisual or media education. Advanced contents in interpersonal communication with different groups. The new role of communication at institutions, companies and youth associations: Communication plan. Specialist criteria for successfully communicating with journalists and users. Analysis and creation of advanced contents using the tools of Web 3.0 and digital writing (hypertextuality, multimedia and interactiveness) applied to youth services.
Theoretical and methodological approaches to youth. Studies and research on geographical areas in the EU, Spain and Catalonia. Theoretical frameworks of youth sociology. The concept and foundations of the different theoretical frameworks. Youth and the transitions Methods, approaches, models and main instruments in research about the pathways of the youth population. The epistemological and methodological foundations of youth research. The biographical approach of the training, occupational and economic and family emancipation pathways for young people.
Hermeneutics of educational actions with young people. Detailed and reasoned understanding of the limits, possibilities and problems specific to the main educational areas that work with young people: formal educational system; sociocultural animation and education in leisure, adult education, specialist social education. Political and educational theories about social and institutional participation. Taxonomies on the types, forms and levels of participation: simple, consultative, projective and metaparticipation. Advanced education in methods and techniques to promote and optimise participation in youth educational institutions. Youth participation at a local level. Associations and young people. Description and analysis of good youth participation practices. Research in education and participation in the field of young people. Participative research. Socio-educational innovation and young people. Learning serves as an example of an essentially participative educational methodology.
Social and cultural health determinants: advanced knowledge of the specialised concept of "health processes/illness/attention" and its paradigmatic alternatives; in addition to reports from the WHO about "Social health determinants"; to be applied subsequently, and in both cases, to youths. Young population and health: deep scientific knowledge of its structural and dynamic aspects, both from a specialist theoretical and empirical perspective, focussing, in the latter case, on Catalonia, Spain and Europe. Sport, public space and youth identities: Knowledge of the multidisciplinary discussions in terms of the concept of lifestyle and its relationship with sport and the public space of young people. Analysis of the articulations between practice and discourse in the relationships between young people and public spaces through leisure and sport. Presentation of different cases and methodologies adapted to intervene in these circumstances.
Comparative analysis of national and international youth services and programmes. Critical analysis of youth facilities and services: Needs and possibilities for innovating and improving intervention in youth-related issues. The profiles of youth professionals and interdisciplinary work in the pursuit of youth policies. National and international youth policies: structure, administrative organisation and services involved. Transversality in public policies and youth action from different national and international models. Characteristics specific to youth groups.
Advanced knowledge about youth groups and group dynamics. Formal and informal youth groups and the institutional and educational relationship with them. Detailed and founded understanding of theoretical and practical aspects and the work methodology in the educational relationship with youths and the bond between young people: Analysis and discussion of the main theoretical contributions and applied experiences. Enhancement of the dynamics for approaching, relating with and cohering with the juvenile groups. Spaces, canals and time of action with young people: national and international perspective.
Specialist exercise of professional placements at centres, projects or services linked to actions, the study of youths or youth policies. Critical analysis of the professional working environment with young people and the professional figures who intervene in it: multidisciplinary work when working with young people. Analysis of organisational models and action and innovation in work with young people and youth policies. Enhancement in working methods and sector organisation. Advanced knowledge of the institutions and specialist youth services (action and research). Social or ethical responsibility in response to orders and the solution of problems arising in each situation (professional ethics). Analysis of the professional insertion options in this sector. Attitudes in professional practice. Implementation and analysis of the tools and instruments of the profession.
Status of research in the design, evaluation and development of the youth policies and innovations in youth studies. The approaches of research in youth and youth policies. Research approaches, resources, strategies and instruments.
Deeper knowledge of advanced contents typical of youth and society based on an exhaustive bibliographical revision or scientifically justified experimental work. Formulation of hypotheses and objectives. Description of the methodology and tools to be applied. Application of the scientific method. Achievement of results. Appraisal of results. Elaboration of conclusions. Written presentation of the final work. Oral presentation and public defence of the work. The master's thesis (TFM) brings together the different skills obtained in other subjects on the master's degree and demonstrates the student’s capacity for creation, synthesis and communication. It must also guarantee sufficient autonomy to carry out research projects and scientific collaborations in interdisciplinary contexts and with a high knowledge transfer component.