Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2010: Work Placement

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Introduction to the placement and its aims to be delivered by IAIS.
  • Sessions related to ‘Understanding Your Place of Work’ to include a health and safety briefing specifically designed for students going on placements delivered by IAIS and University of Exeter colleagues;
  • Preparation for, and support with, the application procedure, CV writing, personal development planning;
  • Introductory sessions with potential work placement hosts;
  • Actual work placement with a relevant NGO, media agency, or company in the Middle East that will be facilitated by our IAIS network in association with specialised careers and employability colleagues at the University of Exeter.  This can be within the main language placement city (e.g. Amman in Jordan), although other places might be possible.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities42 x 2 hour seminars led by module convenor and including small group work, presentations, discussion, reflection
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities8Practitioner seminars: 4 x 2 hour seminars led by visiting speakers
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities8Work placement preparation and reporting seminars: 4 x 2 hour seminars led by module convenor with input from University careers/employability colleagues
Guided Independent Study 30Independent and assisted preparation for placement: Contact with organisation, arrangements for travel, accommodation and visa (where necessary), arrangement of work activities, communication with appointed academic advisor and with work supervisor
Placement/Study Abroad100Work placement: 20 days work usually during the language study period
Guided Independent Study150Reading, reflection, essay writing, producing case studies based on personal experience and the critical use of relevant scholarly literature

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ELE - http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

Web based and electronic resources: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/employability/