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This subject is designed to provide students with hands-on professional writing and research experience in the context of the everyday operations of a social/criminal justice or community-based agency. The internship takes place over two semesters and constitutes a structured and supervised student research consultancy rather than work experience. It provides students with the opportunity to employ formal research skills such as reviewing literature, collecting and analysing data and writing reports or portfolios. It also enables students to appreciate the relationship between criminological or sociological theory and practice, explore the criminological and sociological significance of social categories (such as gender or ethnicity), enhance skills of listening, observation, and cooperation and form relevant professional contacts.
If primary research is carried out during the internship, ethics approval is the responsibility of the host organisation.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should have:
- an advanced understanding of the relevant knowledge base in the specialist area of the placement agency;
- the ability to evaluate and synthesize the research and professional literature in this specialist area;
- a developed understanding of skills needed to negotiate a research project or portfolio work in a professional context; and
- a developing appreciation of how to operate professionally in the workplace (eg. improve one's employability and communication skills).
On successful completion of this subject, students should have:
- an advanced understanding of the relevant knowledge base in the specialist area;
- the ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the specialist area;
- well-developed problem-solving skills in the specialist area;
- significant capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations; and
- a capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society.
Last updated: 3 November 2022