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Notes summarising key themes of the discussion during the breakout session on Academic Content and Assessment - Rico Isaacs

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Discussion notes from activity 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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Notes summarising key themes of the discussion during the breakout session on Academic Content and Assessment - Rico Isaacs

  1. 1. Workshop  on  Work-­based  Learning  in  Politics  and   International  Studies,  Oxford  Brookes  University  7  April   2014     Breakout  session  on  Academic  Content  and  Assessment     Notes  summarising  key  themes  of  the  discussion       Assessment   -­‐ Students  reflecting  on  experience   -­‐ Connecting  to  politics  and  academic  discourse   -­‐ Related  to  definition  of  politics   -­‐ Managing  student  perceptions   -­‐ How  do  we  interpret  reflection?   -­‐ Focus  on  specific/structured  questions   -­‐ Engage  with  literature  on  reflection   -­‐ Different  ways  of  approaching  our  subject  to  give  students  a  different  tool  kit  to   make  sense  of  politics  and  IR  and  work  placement   Level  of  delivery   -­‐ Level  5  or  6?   -­‐ Level  5  too  early?   -­‐ Level  6  alternative  for  dissertation   -­‐ Raises  question  of  programme  as  a  whole   What  is  a  ‘politics’  placement   -­‐ Practice  in  the  broadest  sense   -­‐ Organisation  focused   -­‐ Volunteering  –  more  elastic     Research  methods/skills   -­‐ Employer  needs   -­‐ Move  from  ‘placement’  learning  to  more  active-­‐oriented  learning  –  better   opportunities  for  research  skill  development   Mode  of  delivery   -­‐ Various  experiences  outside  of  just  placement   -­‐ Continuous  embedment  
  2. 2. -­‐ Non-­‐credit  bearing  career  service  module   Workload   -­‐ Political  will  –  depends  on  structure  of  degree   -­‐ Division  of  labour  

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