20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: No


Aims/Description: This module involves a work placement of 35-70 hours with a local organisation (voluntary or commercial sector). You will experience firsthand the practical challenges and problems facing the organisation. You will learn about the organisation's overall aims, and the various methods and strategies employed to accomplish those aims. You will draw on the concepts and theoretical frameworks studied in your other philosophy modules to identify a philosophical issue relevant to the organisation┐s work or goals, and to write a piece or pieces of coursework addressing that issue; or you will be able to use the skills and knowledge you have gained in your other philosophy modules to analyse a problem of philosophical interest faced by the organisation or encountered in the course of your employment. You will have two meetings together with other students in the module to discuss your work placement and formulate ideas for your written coursework. You will have a further individual meeting with the module convener or an appropriate supervisor from the Department of Philosophy to discuss the progression of the coursework. At the end of the module, you should have: the ability to apply ideas from your other philosophy modules in rigorously assessing the challenges facing organisations like the one you worked for, and interrogating potential solutions to them insight into the practical application of theoretical issues in philosophy practical experience that will make you a strong candidate for jobs in the sector you worked in.

Restrictions on availability: No

Staff Contact: Sally Weston
Teaching Methods: There is no formal teaching component (lectures or seminars) to this module. Students will be engaged in independent learning while on work placement. Through this, they'll be enabled to meet learning outcomes 1, 4 & 5); and partially meet 2 & 3). Students will meet with the module coordinator and the rest of the module cohort twice (2x 1-hour sessions) across the semester to discuss the work placement and to formulate ideas for the written coursework. These sessions will be based around peer-learning but facilitated by the module coordinator. Through this, the students will be enabled to meet learning outcomes 2 & 3) (which will be fully met in combination with the hours spent on work placement). The students will have one further individual meeting with the module convenor or a suitable supervisor to discuss the progression of their written work. Through their independent study in preparation of this work, interaction with their peers and feedback from their supervisor they will be enabled to meet learning outcome 6).
Assessment: Course work

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