Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Placements in European Studies

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT European Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit starts by introducing to the student the concept of placement, and by highlighting what is expected from each participant in terms of efforts and outcomes.

Students are then assigned a place of work where they have to carry out 168 hours of placement, equivalent to twelve (12) hours per week for the 14 weeks of the regular academic semester. The total of 168 hours can be divided into two (6 hour) days of work per week, or one day of 8 hours and one half day of 4 hours of work per week, according to the needs of both students and entities hosting the placement. The entities offering the placements will have to sign an agreement with the Institute for European Studies, called the ‘Placement Agreement’. The schedule of the placements shall not overlap with the students' academic timetable. The placement has to be conducted in Malta, unless specifically stated.

A mentor from the entity hosting the placement is to be appointed for each student. The role of the mentor is to assist the student to develop and enhance practical knowledge in the area of European studies. A member of the academic staff of the Institute for European Studies shall also be appointed, in order to follow both practical and academic aspects of the placements.

The students shall be assigned a specific task by the entity hosting the placement. This task shall be reviewed and approved by the academic staff at the Institute for European Studies and named the ‘learning agreement’. The tasks assigned to each student have to be completed by the end of the placement period, unless specifically stated by the entity hosting the placements.

At the end of the placement, the students shall prepare an essay where they provide a detailed overview of the tasks carried out, describe and self-reflect on this learning experience.

The number of places available for the placements will be announced every year and there might not be enough for all students applying for them. Applicants will be selected according to a set of selection criteria, including their academic performance.

Study-unit Aims:

- To complete a work related task assigned by the entity hosting the placement;
- To encourage self-assessment of the learning experiences during the placement;
- To improve the students’ skills in relation to work in the area of European studies.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Conduct supervised work and gain experience in carrying out work related to European studies;
• Experience at first-hand the way in which public and private entities dealing with European issues work and operate;
• Self-reflect on the learning experiences provided by the placement.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Practice skills which are required in work related to European studies, including carrying out research and report writing;
• Practice skills which are relevant in a work environment, such as presentation skills, verbal communication skills and teamwork;
• Provide a detailed description of the tasks carried out at the place of work and of how the learning experiences will improve the academic and future work performance of the student.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Thomlison, B. and Cororan, K. (2008) The Evidence Based Internship - A field Manual, OUP.
- Baird, B.N. (2008) The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook: A Guide for the Helping Professions (3rd Edition), Pearson Education.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Essay SEM2 No 40%
Report SEM2 No 60%


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