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Public Policy Internship (POL340)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
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)
Presentation: 20%
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
Bachelor of Arts (BA) [New in 2019]
Bachelor of Global Security (BGS) [New in 2019]
Community Development (BA)
Criminology + Global Security [Combined] (BCrim)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
English and Creative Writing (BA)
Global Politics and Policy (BA) [New in 2019]
History (BA)
Indonesian (BA)
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Japanese (BA)
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Philosophy (BA)
Sociology (BA)
Sustainable Development (BA)
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies (BGS) [New in 2019]
Theatre and Drama (BA)
Tourism and Events (BA)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch 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.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor in Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6658
e: K.Jayasuriya@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.024 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya
Professor in Politics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6658
e: K.Jayasuriya@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.024 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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