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Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

SP20067: Placement

Click here for further information Credits: 60
Click here for further information Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Click here for further information Period: Academic Year
Click here for further information Assessment: PL 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:

1. To complete a work placement with an organisation, either in the UK or overseas, most typically in some sort of human resource management, policy, research or evaluation setting.
2.To provide a potential basis for the final year dissertation
3.To develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare the student for graduate employment or further study.
4.To enhance the development of the students' interpersonal skills.
5.To assist the student to develop the skills required for both autonomous and team work.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit the students should be able to:
*Apply their academic knowledge to a practical work setting
*Reflect on how their work experience relates to the knowledge gained at University.

Intellectual skills:
*To utilise problem solving skills.
*To explore a variety of relationships and environments relevant to learning and practising within the context of the students' degree discipline.
Professional Practical skills:
*To effectively and efficiently apply principles of sociological/social policy analysis within a variety of environments.
*To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others
Transferable/Key skills: to develop:
*Inter-personal and communication skills
*Time-management and administrative skills
*Basic Information and Computing Technology skills (word processing, email, using the web to search for information)
*Presentation skills and verbal communication (i.e. oral presentations, seminar and tutorial contributions)
*Team and group working skills
*To lead others confidently and competently
*To reflect upon his/her own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development
*To solve problems in a variety of situations
*To manage time effectively and respond to changing demands
*To prioritise workloads, and utilise long- and short-term planning skills
*To understand career opportunities and challenges ahead and begin to plan a career path

The content of placements is very varied. Most students who do placements in this department are doing a degree in sociology with human resource management and these students typically find placements in HR departments of large organisations. Other students find research and/or policy placements with organisations such as the Metropolitan police, the Daycare Trust, the Audit Commission, social services departments and so on.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

SP20067 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc (hons) Social Policy (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB01 : BSc (hons) Social Policy and Administration (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc (hons) Social Sciences (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Sociology (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc (hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 3
  • UHSP-AKB11 : BSc (hons) Sociology with Human Resource Management (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 3

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.