Youth Work and Youth Research
Youth work and youth research is a modern discipline and multidisciplinary field of research, which examines youth, young people, and youth work as social, cultural, and individual phenomena. Youth work and youth research builds expertise in youth work by utilising youth studies conducted in, for example, the social sciences, education sciences and humanities.
Tampere University and its predecessor, the Civic College, have provided education in youth work since 1945. At present, Tampere University offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social sciences with a specialisation option in youth work and youth studies.
Youth work and youth research can be studied as a specialisation in the Degree Programme in Social Sciences. The degree programme includes both the joint Bachelor’s studies in social sciences and the Master’s studies in youth work and youth studies. It is also possible to study the thematic studies of ‘Youth work and youth studies’, which can also be studied as an optional subject. Youth research is one of the subjects in the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences.
The specialisation in youth work and youth research introduces the basics, structures, and practices of youth work, as well as youth and young people from a multidisciplinary perspective. In addition, the thematic studies explore how theoretical, scientific, and multidisciplinary knowledge about young people and youth is used to address various issues in youth work.
Youth work and youth research is involved in national and international networks in the professional field of youth work and scientific youth research. Tampere University is the only university in Finland offering degree education in the field of youth work and youth research.