Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Public Policy Internship (POL340)
|Organisational Unit||Global Studies|
|Availability||MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S2
|Description||Provides the opportunity to investigate a real world public policy issue under the joint supervision of a WA Parliamentarian, public sector agency or NGO, and an academic supervisor. The research project which requires both substantial research and an extended piece of writing (minimum 5000 words) is supported by a series of seminars which range in focus from considerations of parliamentary government, policy making and the ethics of research. All interns will spend time in the workplace associated with their internship/placement.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||On successful completion of this Internship, students should be able to:
· Integrate and apply previous university learning in researching a particular policy area
· Display professionalism in the workplace, including ethical conduct, team work, reliability and time management;
· Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills;
· Exemplify reflective practice: an ability to reflect on experiences and progress;
· Give and receive constructive critical feedback in a workplace setting.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Seminars: 2 hours per week; internship contact hours to be negotiated.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||POL340 offers students a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience. The approach to learning is self-directed focused research under the guidance of both an academic supervisor and a workplace supervisor - the student's research skills are supported and developed through interactive seminars and workshops.
|Other Learning Experiences||Interns undertaking a Parliamentary Internship will visit the Parliament of WA. Interns placed with public sector agencies may be offered professional development opportunities appropriate to that agency. A priority of the internship is peer support.|
|Assessment||The principal piece of assessment is the project report - the writing of this report is supervised and scaffolded through a process of feedback on submitted drafts; in addition Interns (students) are required to present a Research Seminar to their peers speaking to their project OR a Reflective Essay (dependent on enrolments in the Unit).
Research Project: 65%
Participation/Engagement: 15% (Includes moderated evaluation by workplace supervisor)
|Prerequisites||High standard of academic performance.|
|Exclusions||Students who have completed POL322 Parliamentary and Public Sector Internship may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Previously||2015: 'Parliamentary and Public Sector Internship'|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|