Humanities in the Workplace (HUM2001)

StaffDr Felicity Henderson - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesNo module pre requisites, a satisfactory interview with the Work Placement coordinator and Module Leader is required.
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks;

Module aims

Workshops: all students are required to take a series of workshops, co-ordinated by the Module Leader and Work Placement Co-ordinator, with support from the Employability & Graduate Development Service, on getting started, CV writing, the interview experience, applications and letter-writing, corporate and commercial awareness and managing expectations. These will take the shape of a two-day intensive workshop followed by two follow-up workshops of 2 hours each.

One-to-one consultations: all students will have one-to-one consultations with the Humanities Work Placement Co-ordinator, in which an appropriate placement will be discussed. All students will also have the opportunity of scheduled consultations with a discipline-based supervisor, and the option of a feedback session with a Careers Advisor.
Seminars: all students will participate in a series of 5 x 1 hour seminars led by a module tutor, with involvement from other members of academic staff from across the College of Humanities. These sessions will enable students to understand employment-related issues from the perspective of a range of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.
Independent work experience and study: with the assistance of the Humanities Work Placement Co-ordinator, 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 40 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:

  • 5 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 block 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
Scheduled Learning & Teaching 12workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching 4workshops
Scheduled Learning & Teaching 5seminars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching 1workshop on presentation skills
Scheduled Learning & Teaching 2feedback
Placement/study abroad40work experience
Guided independent86research, 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
Oral Presentation 5010 minutes1-3, 6-12Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Reflective commentary501000 words1-3, 6-12Feedback 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
Oral presentation Oral presentation 10 minutes1-3, 6-12Referral/deferral period
Reflective commentaryReflective commentary 1000 words1-3, 6-12Referral/deferral period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

To be provided in consultation with the Module Leader regarding the specific placement.


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Indicative learning resources - Other 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

Dec 2015

Key words search

Work, placement, humanities