Project Placement - POL00090M

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Alice Nah
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module summary

This module gives students the opportunity to apply and gain new knowledge, skills and abilities through the implementation of a human rights project for a human rights organisation in South Africa or the UK. Students gain invaluable insights into some of the constraints, challenges and opportunities that human rights organisations face. Students are encouraged to reflect on the theoretical content of the programme, and critically evaluate this against their experience on the ground. They should think critically about how their experience and the issues they dealt with on their project reflects and addresses the significant political, ethical, logistical, and methodological challenges to human rights practice.

Students will undertake the placement in South Africa or the UK in week 10 of the autumn term and week 1 of the Christmas vacation.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module gives students the opportunity to apply and gain new knowledge, skills and abilities through the implementation of a human rights project for a human rights organisation in South Africa or the UK. Students gain invaluable insights into some of the constraints, challenges and opportunities that human rights organisations face. Students are encouraged to reflect on the theoretical content of the programme, and critically evaluate this against their experience on the ground. They should think critically about how their experience and the issues they dealt with on their project reflects and addresses the significant political, ethical, logistical, and methodological challenges to human rights practice.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

At the end of the module, students should:

  • Be able to critically reflect on the political, logistical, ethical, and methodological complexities of conducting a project related to human rights
  • Be able to explain the political, social, and economic challenges related to human rights practice
  • Be able to convey a detailed and in-depth knowledge of a human rights case study

Academic and graduate skills

At the end of the module, students should:

  • Be able to conduct safe, ethical, and effective primary research in the field
  • Be able to engage in reflective practice and exercise reflexivity
  • Be able to think critically about complex subjects
  • Be able to communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms
  • Be able to present complex concepts and topics confidently

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
9000 word project output
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
3000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment.  They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor’s feedback and guidance hours.

Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than 20 working days after the deadline. They will have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor’s regular feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

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