Practicum in international organisations - Phoebe Moore

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Presentation at HEA-funded workshop 'Work-based learning in Politics and International Studies: from theory to practice'.

The workshop brought together key stakeholders in the delivery of work-based learning and employability skills in the Politics and International Relations (IR) disciplines including academics, employers and careers advisors. Through presentations and discussion delegates had the opportunity to share best practice on existing work-based learning schemes and developing employability skills.

This presentation is part of a related blog post that provides an overview of the event: http://bit.ly/1x0KPae

For further details of the HEA's work on Employability and Global Citizenship in the Social Sciences see: http://bit.ly/17n8Knj

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Practicum in international organisations - Phoebe Moore

  1. 1. Prac%cum  in  Interna%onal   Organisa%ons   Work-­‐based  learning  in  Poli%cs  and  Interna%onal  Studies:   from  theory  to  prac%ce     The  Higher  Educa%on  Academy.  Oxford  Brookes  University   Dr  Phoebe  V  Moore   Senior  Lecturer  in  Interna4onal  Rela4ons   Middlesex  University  School  of  Law   07/04/14  
  2. 2. UK    young  people:   unemployment  figures   •  520,000  men  aged  16-­‐24  were  unemployed  in   November  2013  to  January  2014,  down  35,000   on  the  previous  quarter.  The  unemployment  rate   for  men  in  this  age  group  was  21.6%.     •  392,000  women  aged  16-­‐24  were  unemployed  in   November  2013  to  January  2014,  liRle  changed   from  the  previous  quarter.  The  unemployment   rate  for  women  aged  16-­‐24  was  17.8%.     Economic  policy  and  sta4s4cs,  Youth  unemployment  sta4s4cs  House  of   Commons  19/03/14  
  3. 3. Global  case   •  Turkey,  Germany  and  Japan  the  only  advanced   na4ons  whose  young  people  have  not   experienced  a  significant  rise  in  unemployment   and  inac4vity   •  ILO:  75m  young  people  are  unemployed,  6  per   cent  of  all  15  –  24  year  olds   •  OECD:  26m  young  people  in  rich  world  NEETS   •  World  Bank:  260m  in  developing  economies   inac4ve’   •  Economist:  almost  290m  of  planet’s  youth  are   neither  working  nor  studying,  nearly  a  quarter!  
  4. 4. Experience  and  research   •  Intercultural  Ins4tute  of  California  (San   Francisco)  Employment  Counsellor  1996   •  Si-­‐Sa-­‐Yong-­‐O-­‐Sa  (Seoul)  1997   •  United  Na4ons  University  (Tokyo)  RA  2000   •  Post-­‐PhD:  Employability  becomes  theme  of   research   •  Current  problems:  Rising  unemployment  of   young  people,  social  unrest,  ‘decent  work’  
  5. 5. (2014)  ‘Marke4sa4on,  Commodifica4on  and  the  Implica4ons  for  Teachers’   Autonomy  in  England’  Research  in  Poli4cal  Economy  forthcoming  volume  29   with  M.  Upchurch,  A.  Kunter.   (2012)  Globalisa4on  and  Labour  Struggle  in  Asia:  A  Neo-­‐Gramscian  Cri4que  of   South  Korea's  Poli4cal  Economy  (I.B.  Tauris).  ISBN  1780760337   Reviewed  in  Capital  &  Class  (2010)  February  (34),  144-­‐146   (2010)  The  Interna4onal  Poli4cal  Economy  of  Work  and  Employability   (Palgrave  Macmillan,  Interna4onal  Poli4cal  Economy  Series)  ISBN  0230517943   Reviewed  in  Global  Discourse  (2011)  Volume  2:  Issue  II:  Special  Issue  Part  2:   Review  Symposium  Examining  the  Contemporary  Relevance  of  Marxism   (2009)  ‘UK  Educa4on,  Employability,  and  Everyday  Life’  Journal  of  Cri4cal   Educa4on  Policy  Studies  7(1),  243  –  273   (2009)  ‘Exploita4on  of  the  Self  in  Community-­‐based  Sohware  Produc4on  -­‐   Workers’  Freedoms  or  Firm  Founda4ons?’  Capital  &  Class  97:  99–120.  Co-­‐ authored  with  P.  A.  Taylor     (2006)  ‘Global  Knowledge  Capitalism,  Self-­‐woven  Safety  Nets,  and  the  Crisis  of   Employability’  Global  Society  20(4),  453-­‐473   (2005)  ‘Revolu4ons  from  Above:  Worker  Training  as  Trasformismo  in  South   Korea’  Capital  &  Class  Vol.  86,  39-­‐72  
  6. 6. Prac%cum  in  Interna%onal   Organisa%ons   •  Credits,  assessment,  learning  outcomes   •  Erasmus  European  Training  /  Work  placement   placement     •  Appropriate  students?     -­‐-­‐Interviews?  Student  Life?  Group  or  individualised?   •  CVs   •  Loca4on,  providers,  managing  expecta4ons   •  Accommoda4on?  Extras?  
  7. 7. Prac%cum  in  Interna%onal   Organisa%ons   Knowledge  and  Understanding   •  Decision  making:  Demonstrate  a   systema4c  and  cri4cal  understanding  of  a   specific  ques4on  or  problem  arising  from   your  own  interests  in  the  subject  areas   emerging  from  the  learning  placement.   •  Cri4cal  thinking:  Gain  a  cri4cal  awareness   of  issues  in  the  field,  including  theore4cal   and  policy  implica4ons  as  appropriate.   •  Case  study:  Understand  and  write  cri4cally   about  the  rela4onships  between  na4ons   and  IGOs  and  across  IGOs   •  Global  governance:  Engage  with  texts  in   the  study  of  interna4onal  governance  as   conducted  by  IGOs  and/or  NGOs.   •  Research  and  wri4ng:  Produce  an   independent  piece  of  research  based  on   primary  or  secondary  data  analysis.     Transferable/Key  Skills   •  Work  for  in  an  interna4onal   organisa4on  for  13  weeks  on  a   project  iden4fied  with  supervisor.   •  Work:  Work  independently  and  in   teams  as  required  for  con4nuing   professional  and  academic   development.     •  Tasks:  Act  autonomously  in  planning   and  implemen4ng  tasks  at  an   advanced  level.     •  Research  and  wri4ng:  prepare   accurate  informa4on  and  a  research   paper  on  one  of  the  issues  your  IGO   manages.  using  research  skills  to   locate  relevant  informa4on   resources.   •  Socialisa4on:  share  experiences  with   other  students  on  the  Prac4cum   (John  Knox  centre?)  
  8. 8. Lessons  learned  so  far     •  Manage  University  expecta4ons   Keep  it  simple/focussed,  but  liaise  closely  with   employability  services  and  Erasmus  coordinators   Ensure  work  alloca4on   Ensure  student  support   •  Manage  student  expecta4ons   Set  specific  mee4ngs  with  students   Clear  syllabus,  professional  instruc4on  (i.e.  CC  all  emails  to   provider  to  you,  remind  students  they  represent  Uni)   •  Network,  ask  for  help   •  Remain  an  academic,  not  a  broker  
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