Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa Summer semester A 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rika Swanzen


This internship unit allows students to merge theory with practice, and to gain first-hand, practical experience in an area in which they may wish to pursue a career after they graduate. It consolidates and extends on the knowledge students have learnt from core units and other units, through experiential learning. The unit develops their understanding of the application of academically obtained knowledge and skills in a workplace environment, and facilitates their acquisition of work-based networks thereby allowing them to be involved in an area of interest. Separate internship programs are drawn up for each student who successfully applies for enrolment in this unit. Selection will be based primarily on academic merit.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Critically reflect on, analyse, evaluate and undertake tasks relevant to the workplace.
  2. Communicate effectively and foster improved interpersonal relations.
  3. Exhibit practice-based skills, facilitating efective work within an organisation.
  4. Display insight in a work environment and an enhanced understanding of the professional values needed to operate professionally in an African and South African work environment by effective solving of diverse work related problems.


1. Mid-placement presentation: 700 words (15%)
2. Portfolio of evidence: 2,700 words (60%)
3. Oral exam: 1,200 words (25%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Students must spend on average 4 hours per week, with a total of 48 hours, at the internship placement. A one-day seminar will be held mid-placement.

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


At least a minor (4 units) in any discipline area in the School of Social Science.