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POL2095 : Politics Work Experience - Student Engagement (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module creates a focussed opportunity for students to develop and enhance their graduate attributes and skills through student engagement activities. This shall be achieved through undertaking a significant role in Politics that contributes to the student experience in this programme and possibly beyond. Examples of such roles are peer mentor leader, student representative, Politics Society officer, and student engagement officer. None of these roles are formal employment positions or directly rewarded in financial remuneration, but the student is expected to treat the role as if it was an employment position in terms of attendance, diligence and performance. Through carrying out this role the student should demonstrate how they have developed and enhanced their graduate attributes and skills. The student will receive guidance and support on how to do so from the module leader.

Outline Of Syllabus

No previous experience or specific knowledge is required.
The module offers students the opportunity to undertake work-related learning through carrying out their role in Politics. Supported by the staff and peers, students will reflect on and manage their own learning and development. Students will enhance their graduate attributes and capabilities, employability and personal enterprise skills as well as contributing towards meeting the aims of enhancing the student experience in Politics.
Students will commence the module at the start of semester one and will be able to some extent to balance their work for the module across both semesters. Over the two semesters they will be expected to complete a minimum of 70 hours of direct work on the role.
Students will be required to enhance their contribution to the role undertaken through reflective practice, and will be supported and advised through regular supervisory meetings.
In addition to performing their role, students will be required to keep an activity log of the time and activities undertaken on the role, and to write a short reflective piece on their work experience. Finally, students will also be required to write an essay on a question agreed with the module leader relating to an aspect of student engagement.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning701:0070:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching241:0024:00Weekly report and supervision meeting with module leader
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1102:00102:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module combines practical working experience and academic work. In the course of the work experience students will practise and develop a range of graduate skills depending on the exact role they have. These may include, for example, personal enterprise, planning and organisation, written and oral communication, and teamwork. Specific skills and personal development goals for individual students will be identified at the outset of the module in discussion with the module leader, and activities which provide the opportunity for the student to develop and attain these will be determined. The activity log and weekly meetings will help to progress these. The weekly meetings and surgery hours will also be used to teach theories of student engagement, which will inform the required essay assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M502,000 words
Reflective log2M25800-1,000 words
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Module Leader evaluation of student competence in role
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The professional skill assessment will be an evaluation of how well the student performed the role they took on.
The reflective log will allow students to reflect and apply self-assessment to how well they performed their role, and to what extent they developed graduate skills and achieved their self-development goals.
The essay will incorporate an element of academic rigour, and will place the student’s work experience in a broader theoretical context.

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