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Politics in Action

Module code: POPP 2515

Module description 

This module provides students with an understanding of politics in action. This is achieved by providing students with an opportunity to either undertake a short placement activity of up to 1 week, such as in local government, or to take part in an experiential workshop that is organised by City University, Hong Kong and is aligned to #DMUGlobal. The module aims to enhance students' employability skills by providing opportunities for them to develop their teamworking skills in a concentrated bloc of activity.

Students will have the choice of undertaking one of the following tasks:

  • The placement is an innovative assessment task that will provide students with an opportunity to link theory and practice. Students will consider the characteristics of politics through the way that decisions are taken and the manner by which management and decision making operates in a political setting. In so doing, students will understand the nature of policy making through a key task exercise, consider the characteristics the policy-making environment through a placement activity, and examine the nature of the placement activity through self-appraisal and reflective analysis
  • The experiential workshop is an innovative assessment that links students at DMU with students at the School of Continuing and Professional Education at City University, Hong Kong where the Department runs a degree programme. Students will have an opportunity to complete an assessment task in an international setting working alongside City University students. The assessment task will take place over 3 days. In so doing, the module will cover the nature of policy making through a key task exercise, consider the characteristics the policy-making environment through a simulation exercise and individual and group work, and examine the nature of the experiential workshop through self-appraisal and reflective analysis

Contact hours per student per year

  • Placement: 25-30 hours
  • Tutorials: 11 hours

Assessments

  • Case Study: 100%

Additional costs: Students participating in the #DMUGLOBAL activity will have to pay the student contribution to the cost of the trip plus spending money whilst they are in Hong Kong. Students on placement, will have to pay for travel costs to and from the placement, although some organisations will refund this

 
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