Module Catalogue 2023/24

POL2096 : Politics Work Placement

POL2096 : Politics Work Placement

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Walker
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 20 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



The work placement aims to:
- demonstrate how skills gained through academic study can be applied in work situations,
- assist with developing longer term career plans,
- provide the opportunity to recognise and record the development of work place skills
- facilitate personal development in a non-university setting
- develop students who can independently self-manage, proactively interact and ethically apply their knowledge and skills in a work-related context
The module offers students the opportunity to undertake work-related learning in a variety of different environments, allowing students to enhance their employability and personal enterprise skills as well as contributing towards meeting the aims of the host organisation.
There is also usually an opportunity to participate in a conference creating and presenting a poster on the work carried out by the student at their placement.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will join 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, with marks being allocated only in semester two. Students will typically complete 150 hours of work for their host organisation and usually around half this will be at the host organisation itself. Different host organisations may require other constraints e.g. number of contact visits made.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

The module is intended to develop graduate skills drawn from the Newcastle University Graduate Skills Framework, for example, planning and organisation, teamwork, communication, and personal enterprise.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to:
1.       Reflect on and accept responsibility for managing own learning and development in a workplace environment;
2.       Use existing and new knowledge to enhance personal performance in a workplace environment, identify and analyse the impact and communicate this process;
3.       Use graduate skills in an effective manner in a workplace environment, identify and analyse the impact and communicate the personal development that has taken place.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1150:00150:00Direct engagement with placement work either at host organisation or remotely (PiP)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching131:0013:00Synchronous (PiP)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study371:0037:00N/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 research skills depending on the exact project they are working on. The small group teaching will cover a range of employability-related material and activities.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M552000 words
Written exercise1M205 assignments worth 4% each set across both semesters
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Host organisation evaluation (professional skills assessment)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

•       The reflective log gives students the opportunity to reflect on their work experience, and to consider how it contributed to enhancement of their employability and personal development.

•       The employment assignments are short exercises linked to classes on labour market information, networking, self-awareness, CVs, applications, and interviews. The assignments will particuarly develop and assess students’ job application ability and skills.

•       The host organisation supervisor evaluation of student competence enables students’ application of all module knowledge and skill outcomes in carrying out their duties at the placement to be assessed in situ and considered as part of the overall module mark.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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