The University of Southampton

SSAS2000 Social Sciences Placement

Module Overview

As part of the social sciences placement and placement module, the Academic Unit of Social Sciences provides a number of term-time 10 week placement opportunities with local third/charitable sector organisations. These placements are advertised to all second and third year Social Sciences students in semester 1. The successful applicants undertake their placement in conjunction with the module in Semester 2. The module will help them to get the most of their placement through academic debate and practical experience and the opportunity to reflect on their experience. The module provides students with an opportunity to gain academic credit for their placement.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• To provide students with an opportunity to gain insight into and experience of working in a third sector organisation. • To help students get the most out of their placement experience by: • Understanding the third sector and organisational context to their placement • Critically reflecting on their experiences and skills development. • Articulating their critical reflection verbally and in writing. • To think about their development goals and their priorities whilst at university and following graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your learning and skills development.
  • Articulate (verbally and in writing) your strengths and weaknesses providing appropriate evidence from your placement experience
  • Demonstrate your understanding of issues affecting the sector and organisation in which your placement was located.
  • Identify development goals and priorities for the future and strategies to meet them.


The Placement involves you spending time outside of the University in a local third sector organisation. You will gain work experience and learn more about the host organisation and its place in the sector. The module content will include skills auditing, the setting of learning goals, career planning, critical reflection and third sector research and analysis. It will also involve working on presentation skills and report writing.

Special Features

Placement hours will be around half a day per week for 10 weeks although there may be opportunities to work outside of those core hours.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching Methods - 5 x 2 hour workshops - Written formative feedback on your reflective journal Learning Methods - Work shadowing and work experience in your host organisation - Feedback from your placement provider supervisor - A reflective journal to record what you have experienced and what you have learnt during your placement. It is expected that you will make regular entries in your journal (at least one for each placement visit). The journal takes the form of blog postings on Blackboard which are visible to staff but not to other students. - A skills audit at the start of the module and one at the end of the module to enable you to reflect on skills development and identify areas that need strengthening.

Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 70%
Individual Presentation  (10 minutes) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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