Humanities in the Workplace (HUM2000)
|Staff||Ms Fiona Macbeth - Lecturer|
Dr Felicity Henderson - Lecturer
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks; Term 3: 7 weeks;|
Workshops: all students are required to attend a series of workshops, co-ordinated by the Module Convenor and Employability Manager, with support from the University’s Careers Consultants. Sessions include: CV writing; application and letter writing; Recruitment and Selection Workshop (including interview experience); sourcing and selecting work placements. These workshops will be spread over a total of 16 hours, which will include a day-long practical workshop on Recruitment and Selection (including interview experience).
One-to-one consultations: all students will be able to have a consultation with the Employability Manager, in which an appropriate placement will be discussed.
Seminars: all students will participate in a series of 11 x 1 hour seminars led by a module tutor. These sessions will enable students to understand employment-related issues from a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.
Independent work experience and study: with the assistance of the Employability Manager, students will be required to organise their own placements, including preparing appropriate CVs and cover letters, and to navigate successfully interviews and employment tests. They will work for at least 80 hours in an agreed professional setting and will reflect on that experience within the context of the module's assessment. It is the responsibility of the student to keep the Module Leader informed of progress in the workplace and of problems that have arisen.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on practical experiences gained, and the impact they may have on his/her views and actions;
- 2. establish connections between the skills acquired as part of a degree in the Humanities and the skills required in the workplace;
- 3. demonstrate a critical understanding of the social, cultural and political considerations which influence employment settings, using appropriate discipline-specific theoretical perspectives to analyse those settings;
- 4. produce job applications that represent the students' strengths and target specific employers in an appropriate manner;
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 5. demonstrate their skills in the research, selection and evaluation of specific jobs and the structural context of those jobs;
- 6. demonstrate their ability to use appropriate discipline-specific critical approaches to evaluate the social and cultural and political aspects of an employment setting;
- 7. demonstrate an ability to communicate (in writing and in speech) in a manner appropriate to the particular workplace context;
- 8. demonstrate the ability to critically analyse and reflect upon the communicative practices (textual and verbal) used in the workplace;
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 9. develop / enhance practical work-based skills and experience;
- 10. negotiate the different types of working relationships with staff within the workplace, and others - directly or indirectly - relevant to the placement;
- 11. demonstrate the ability to identify and reflect on personal challenges and to learn from their resolution;
- 12. demonstrate the ability to use a range of technologies and applications relevant to most work places;
The module will start in Term 3 of Year 1.
The schedule for this term will include:
1 day-long practical workshop on Recruitment and Selection (including interview experience)
A total of 10 hours of workshops covering CV writing; application and letter writing; sourcing and selecting a placement
Consultation with Employability Manager about suitable placement
The schedule for Year 2 will include:
11 x 1 hour interdisciplinary seminars
Consultations with module tutors
Submission of assessment
Work experience can take place at various points in the year, in one or two blocks or continuously (with a maximum 15h/week during term time). The module is designed to enable the work placement(s) to take place at any point between the last workshop and the assessment.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled||1||workshop on presentation skills|
|Guided independent||190||research, reading and essay preparation|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||50||2000 words||1-3, 6-11||Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.|
|Oral presentation||25||10 minutes||1-3, 6-8, 10-12||Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.|
|Reflective commentary||25||1000 words||1-3, 6-8, 10-12||Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||Essay 2000 words||1-3, 6-11||Referral/deferral period|
|Oral Presentation||Oral presentation 10 minutes||1-3, 6-8, 10-12||Referral/deferral period|
|Reflective commentary||Reflective commentary 1000 words||1-3, 6-8, 10-12||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
To be provided in consultation with the Module Leader regarding the specific placement.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Preparatory materials provided as part of the workshops, including guidance on writing a CV, application letters and an occupational profile. Facilities available in the Employability and Graduate Development Service in Reed Mews. Discipline-based supervisors will provide bibliographical guidance.
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Work, experience, placement, humanities