Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Seamus O'Hanlon


This unit provides the student with an opportunity to
a. Undertake a practical work placement with an NGO, community organization or other agency working on local and/or international issues of about eighty hours resulting in a substantial research report or other piece of written work; or
b. Undertake a case study analysis for an NGO or community organization on an issue or problem of importance and relevance to that organisation.

In both cases a supervisor will meet regularly with the student to ensure that a carefully structured reading and writing program is developed in a manner directly relevant to the research topic.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will be expected to:

  1. have developed an understanding of the practical and ethical challenges of working for an NGO or community organization working with communities locally and/or internationally;
  2. have developed an understanding of the theoretical issues relating to the field;
  3. have developed high level communication and presentation skills demonstrated through the completion of a practical task or report for that organization or about an issue of importance to it.


Written work (9,000 words), consisting of a 1,000-word literature review and proposal, a 6,000-word report, and a 2,000-word reflective essay: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Seamus O'Hanlon

Contact hours

80-hours of volunteer work, six 2-hour class seminars and regular meetings with an academic supervisor.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies