module specification

SS6W53 - Sociology and Social Policy Work Placement (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Sociology and Social Policy Work Placement
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
10 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
60 hours Guided independent study
80 hours Placement / study abroad
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 5%   Learning Agreement
Coursework 30%   Learning Log.
Coursework 65%   Report
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

The module aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Apply their prior learning in an appropriate work environment
2. Relate specific knowledge and skills – theoretical, methodological,   analytical – as appropriate to real-life situations in the work environment
3. Undertake work based activities relevant to their academic subject area and level
4. Show awareness of and delineate the culture, structure and changing services delivery of a working environment
5. Enhance their professional and personal development by developing new capabilities and skills


1 Induction Sessions introduce students to the requirements, demands and expectations of work placements, assist in the consideration of interests and abilities; help students make decisions about suitable work areas for a subject related placement; and ensure they produce a suitable CV for placement applications. Explain and clarify the assessment requirements for the placement. Induction may be in a Workshop group and/ or one to one basis LO1,LO2

2. At the start of the placement the student, representative from employer setting and academic supervisor will approve a short learning agreement  based on a template, including:-
- objective and activities anticipated for the placement
- skills and capabilities to be acquired or developed
- specific opportunities for developing subject relevant learning outcomes
- practical arrangements for the placement e.g. schedule, workspace, supervision reporting
Where possible and appropriate the academic supervisor will attend the workplace setting for an initial visit to finalise and assure arrangements LO3

3. The Placement  - will be a minimum of 80 hours in the placement setting LO1,LO2,LO3

4. Post Placement – a de-briefing session will enable the student to reflect on their learning and the experience gained to focus preparation for the end of placement assignment and contribute to career planning. LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will be supported via group and/or one to one interactions with an academic supervisor before, during and after their work placement activities in addition to an agreed representative in the work based setting. Interaction may be synchronous, asynchronous both face to face and online. Online resources will also be made available via weblearn to support ongoing career reflection and planning. This will complement the wider employability activities programmed within both degree pathways

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Fulfil the requirements of a pre placement learning agreement between student, academic supervisor and employment setting
2. Operate and communicate effectively, both independently and with others, in a structured and routinely supervised work environment, responding productively to feedback, critically reflecting on own performance
3. Apply prior learning in new contexts, drawing upon previously acquired knowledge, skills and techniques to carry out agreed activities
4. Identify, analyse and evaluate the major activities and objectives of the organisation in wider social policy or sociological contexts, including interrelations between theory and practice


Identify core and additional reading

Core reading

Durrant A., Rhodes G., Young D., (2011), Getting Started with University-level Work Based Learning, 2nd edition, Libri Publishing
Helyer R., (2010), The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook (Palgrave Study Skills), Palgrave Macmillan
Taylor-Gooby, P. (2010) Reframing Social Citizenship, Oxford Univ Press
Hills, J. (2009) Towards a More Equal Society, Policy Press

Additional reading

Alcock, P. (2006) Understanding Poverty, Palgrave
Annetts, J. (2009) Understanding Social Welfare Movements, Policy Press
Fanthome C., (2004), Work Placements: A Survival Guide for Students (Palgrave Study Guides), Palgrave Macmillan
Fitzpatrick, T. (2011) Welfare Theory: An Introduction, Palgrave
Hudson, J. and Lowe, S. (2009) Understanding the Policy Process, Policy Press
Lister, R. (2010) Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy, Policy Press
Taylor, G .(2006) Ideology and Welfare, Palgrave