International Development Placement
- Start date
- End date
- Term 2
- Module code
- FHEQ Level
- Department of Development Studies
Please note: Numbers on this module are capped and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis
The placements will be with organisations engaged in development work; some placements may be online (enabling students to work in organisations elsewhere in the world), others will be in the UK.
The placement involves students participating in development-related organisations. These may specialise in areas such as research, campaigning, para-legal work, policy, aid, gender, racial justice, labour etc. The aim is to allow students' prior academic studies to inform and enrich their experience of professional practice, and the exposure to professional practice will in turn inform and enrich their analysis of development practices and processes.
The placement will also provide invaluable experience as students embark on careers after graduating. .
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
LO1. Research and prepare for working in development organisations.
LO2. Demonstrate knowledge of the institutional history, structure and culture of the work experience provider, the work that the organisation does, and how this relates to wider field(s) of development practice
LO3. Apply learning from placements to analysis of a specific development interventions
This will be a combination of instructional seminars and work placement. The work placement will typically be over a period of 4 weeks in Term 2, subject to the specific organisation.
Scope and syllabus
Taught instructional seminars may include topics such as the following (please note this is an indicative list only).
- Introduction to the placement: overview of the module goals, structure, assessment, how to prepare for the assessment
- Different types of organisation and activities that students will engage in.
- Making the most of the placement experience. This session is about establishing clear expectations for the placement based on the agreed work plan and helping students to identify potential areas of interest and learning opportunities.
- End of placement debriefing session - to evaluate the experience, and narrow the topic of the assessment.
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