Humanities in the Workplace (HUM2000)

StaffMs Fiona Macbeth - Lecturer
Dr Felicity Henderson - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks; Term 3: 7 weeks;

Module aims

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;

Syllabus plan

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled1workshop on presentation skills
Scheduled 2feedback
Placement80work experience
Guided independent190research, reading and essay preparation

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay502000 words1-3, 6-11Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Oral presentation2510 minutes1-3, 6-8, 10-12Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Reflective commentary251000 words1-3, 6-8, 10-12Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay 2000 words1-3, 6-11Referral/deferral period
Oral PresentationOral presentation 10 minutes1-3, 6-8, 10-12Referral/deferral period
Reflective commentaryReflective commentary 1000 words1-3, 6-8, 10-12Referral/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?


Origin date


Last revision date

December 2015

Key words search

Work, experience, placement, humanities