Placement Year

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
16 March 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC LL4F Economics and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L260 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL269 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BA L0V1 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Placement Year),
BA L203 Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L219 Politics with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L227 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BSC L224 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL235 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BA L216 Politics with Business (Including Placement Year),
BSC LL26 Politics with Business (Including Placement Year),
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BSC LL21 Politics with Data Science,
BA L621 Politics with Criminology (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This is a full year module available only to students in the Department of Government undertaking a placement year. Students will undertake their placement at a host organisation. The student is responsible for securing the placement, with support from the University.

The module enables students to undertake a full placement year with an external Placement Provider. During the placement, the student will complete a number of assessments which enable the student to utilise and develop the links between the knowledge and skills developed in their academic course and the work-based skills developed in carrying out their placement role.

The minimum length of the placement is 30 weeks if the placement is unpaid, and 40 weeks if the placement is paid.

Module aims

1. To provide the student with the opportunity to apply their academic learning outcomes in a work-related context.

2. To enable students to develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement.

3. To provide students with the opportunity to analyse their practical work in a theoretical context.

Module learning outcomes

Successful completion of the module will allow students to meet the following outcomes:

A Knowledge and understanding
1. An experience-based understanding of work roles.

B Intellectual/cognitive skills
1. A capacity to connect subject-specific theory to practice in a work environment.

C Practical Skills
1. The ability to communicate with a range of colleagues and clients in a working environment.

D Key skills
1. The capacity to work in a team within a work environment.
2. Improved personal professional practice through a reflective approach within a work environment.

Module information


The syllabus will be determined on an individual basis for each student on the basis of the placement they are undertaking. The Department and Placement Provider will agree the focus of the placement via the Tripartite Work Placement Agreement, and this will ensure that the student is able to meet the module learning outcomes set out in the previous section of this form.

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Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the placement and will be recorded for an individual student on the training agreement signed by the Placement Provider, the student, and the University. Each student will be assigned to an Academic Supervisor in their Department, and a Placement Supervisor named by the Placement Provider. Students will liaise with their Academic Supervisor and their Placement Supervisor on a regular basis throughout the period of their placement, and as necessary after the placement has ended in order to allow the student to complete the assessed work for the module. The Academic Supervisor will be appointed prior to the student undertaking their placement, and will contact the student at defined points throughout the placement. The Academic Supervisor will be available via email and phone as necessary during the period the student is on placement. Students will additionally be provided with the contact details of administrative staff in the Department who will be contactable throughout the placement; and with the details of the Social Sciences Faculty Placements Team who will be available to students throughout their placement to provide advice and support in relation to generic work-based learning issues.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Pre-Placement Report    20% 
Coursework   Reflective Log 1    25% 
Coursework   Reflective Log 2    25% 
Coursework   End of Placement Review    30% 

Additional coursework information

The end of placement review will permit students to identify relationships between their academic studies and the placements they have undertaken.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Robert Kemp, email: rpkemp@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Hersh Mann, email: hmann@essex.ac.uk.
hmann@essex.ac.uk; rpkemp@essex.ac.uk


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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