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SP50335: Practicum

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Practicum (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:

* To enable students to apply to a specific field of professional practice what they have learnt from units constitutive of their chosen pathway).
* To give students the opportunity to critically reflect on a specific area of professional practice in international development or humanitarianism in the light of first-hand experience of it, drawing upon ideas and skills developed through units constitutive of their chosen pathway.
* Thereby to add an experiential learning opportunity to their programme of graduate study.

Learning Outcomes:
An ability:
(a) to summarize the knowledge, skills, and learning outcomes acquired during the Diploma stage of the MSc in International Development portfolio;
(b) to relate these to a professional experience relevant to international development and/or humanitarian action;
(c) to do all the above in written form that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation and expression.

Skills:

* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication in an extended form (Taught/Facilitated).
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources (T/F/A).
* Ability to apply theories, concepts and models to professional context (T/F/A).
* Ability to synthesise multidisciplinary perspectives on the same problem (T/F/A).
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (T/F/A).
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance (T/F/A).

Content:
A precondition for this unit is that the student should obtain written consent to collaborate with an organisation engaged in international development practice and/or humanitarian action, approved also by their Director of Studies. This should also be conditional on agreed Risk Assessment and Ethical Approval procedures. and/or humanitarian action;
Each practicum will have the following four parts:
* Description of the professional placement experience.
* Critical reflection on how the skills and knowledge acquired during the taught component of the pathway relate to the placement.
* Critical reflection on the placement experience in the light of the taught component of the pathway.
* Identification and critical analysis of one (or more) issues arising from the placement that relates to material covered in the taught programme of the pathway.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP50335 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • THSP-AWM19 : MSc International Development
  • THSP-AWM22 : MSc International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability
  • THSP-AWM20 : MSc International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action
  • THSP-AWM21 : MSc International Development with Economics

SP50335 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • THSP-APM19 : MSc International Development
  • THSP-APM22 : MSc International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability
  • THSP-APM20 : MSc International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action
  • THSP-APM21 : MSc International Development with Economics

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