2475.19 - Practice Learning within the Master Learning Framework

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Practice Learning within the Master Learning Framework
Completion of the 1st and 2nd semester within the masterlearning framework or equivalent qualifications. The practice learning workplace must have at least two full-time employees. The practice learning workplace can be a company, an organisation, or an authority. The practice learning period must comprise a tangible academically relevant substance, therefore, the practice learning agreement with the workplace must be approved by the Programme Director.
The objective of practice learning is to broaden the academic work skills of the student and additionally create a connection between the programme and the labour market. This should encompass: • Making the students qualified for jobs in the field of study or theme they are working on within the master learning framework by applying theoretical knowledge in practice. • Creating a connection between the university education and the Faroese or international labour market, including creating networks and contacts within the field for each individual student. • Nurturing the analytical skills of the student through a practice-oriented and problem-based project. • Scientific workflow through a practice-oriented and problem-based project, where supervision and seminars aid this development.
The work placement period which follows the academic year, commences 1st September and ends 1st January. These periods are important for ensuring the work placement period follows the academic year.
Learning and teaching approaches
Work at the Department of History and Social Sciences (DHSS) Ten days of the work placement period are allocated to attending seminars at the university. Attendance is compulsory for these days. A practise learning report is written, i.e. an academic report based on the practice learning experience. The work at DHSS entails academic assistance of the practical learning period work and with the practical learning report. This will be arranged in the form of, for instance, presentations with critical feedback and debate, seminars, and/or lectures. Students are required to present their work and to provide peer review of others’ work. In the event of work placements abroad, special arrangements will be made as to how this will be organised (e.g. attendance via Skype or other means of communication). Work at the Practical Learning Workplace The practical learning work is based on a joint agreement between DHSS, the practical learning workplace, and the student. The objective of the agreement is to ensure that the student is carrying out academically relevant work by insight/assignments/analysis in the daily work of the place.
Learning outcomes
Based on a practical learning report, at the end of the practice learning period, the students will be able to: • Reflect on the practical experience the student has acquired in the practice learning period, including significant challenges and experiences seen from an academic point of view. • Critically reflect, on theory and practice, in regards to the field of work or the job assignments of the student at the practice learning workplace. • Scientific reflection on own practice learning experience grounded in a problem-oriented approach and independent work. • A problem-oriented analysis encompassing the field of study of the student and their particular interests, thereby eliciting new relevant knowledge
Assessment method
Before the student may take his/her examination, s/he must have participated satisfactorily in the academic work at DHSS. This will be approved by the course leader. The assessment will be conducted with a basis in an overall assessment of the practice learning report and an oral examination.
Marking scale
The bibliography is individual and must describe concepts, theories, and methods of relevance for reflective, practical academic work. The practical learning report should be between 8,000 and 12,000 words.
Ragnheiður Bogadóttir