ATS4367 - Placement research project for honours in international studies - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies


Dr Joshua Specht

Not offered in 2017


This unit provides the student with an opportunity to

  1. 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
  2. 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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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