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In this subject Master of Social Policy students will be placed in an organisation which either has governmental responsibilities or deals with government, where they will work under the supervision and guidance of a senior manager in the organisation. Students will be required to use their own networks to make an initial contact with a potential organisation. Their choice will then need to be ratified by the department. Students will carry out research or analytical exercises of relevance to the organisation that will be involved in high-level and complex policy making. Students will study the structure, culture and policy environment of the organisation and develop advanced analytical, research and report-writing skills as well as negotiating and interpersonal skills. Students completing this course should expect to acquire significant insight into the complexities of policy making and management. During the internship an academic supervisor will advise them.
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 understanding of the organisation in which they are placed and of its policy making responsibilities, approaches and context;
- have well-developed analytic, research, interviewing and report-writing skills;
- have practical skills enabling the provision of consultancy-type research services; and
- have high level interpersonal skills developed through interaction with a range of people in and connected with their placement.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- research through the competent use of the library and other information sources, and be able to define areas of inquiry and methods of research in the preparation of policy research reports;
- conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically through report writing, workplace discussion and presentations;
- communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through report writing and workplace discussion;
- manage and organise workloads for recommended reading, and the completion of policy research reports; and
- participate in team work through involvement in workplace placements.
Last updated: 6 December 2019