Work Placement - POLI6260

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn Spring Summer 5 120 (60) Ben Seyd checkmark-circle


The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to spend their Year Abroad working in a professional environment, applying and enhancing the knowledge and skills they have acquired in Stages 1 and 2 of their programme. The work they do is entirely under the direction of their line manager, but support is provided via the Module convenor. This support includes ensuring that the work they are being expected to do is such that they can meet the learning outcomes of the module.
It will be the student's responsibility to source and apply for the work placement, but assistance will be provided both by the School and the University's Careers and Employability Service. These opportunities should be in an organisation whose aims and activities are broadly related to politics and international relations.
In order to be awarded 120 credits the work placement must consist of at least 30 weeks of full-time work. The work placement must be approved by the Programme Director prior to its commencement and students are advised to liaise closely with her/him and other relevant staff in good time.


Contact hours

Contact Hours: 20 hours
Placement Work and Private Study: 1180 hours


Students must contact the module convenor, Dr Ben Seyd, to discuss their interest in the module before registering.
Available only to BA programmes owned by Politics and International Relations with the intercalated Placement Year bolt on

Method of assessment

Manager Appraisal (pass/fail)
Report, 5,000 words (pass/fail)
Student must pass both components in order to pass the module overall.

Reassessment instrument: Reassessment is not possible for the placement year. Students who fail this module will be transferred to their original BA programme and will not achieve a degree with a placement year.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. familiarise themselves with the workings of a professional organisation in a field related to Politics and International Relations or other closely related social science

2. perform effectively in a professional environment

3. perform effectively in a different cultural and, where relevant, linguistic environment

4. apply academic knowledge of Politics and International Relations and related generic skills to day-to-day work for a professional organisation

5. apply the concepts and theories learned in the first and second years to the work placement


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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