POLIS 3107 - International Relations Internship

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

The Internship allows students to work with a variety of organisations and NGOs concerned with International Affairs. The attachment to these will in some cases include working with them at their offices, but the majority will be project-based. Included will be some 'virtual' internships and attachment with organisations in Europe, Asia and the Americas (including Human Rights bodies, international think-tanks, international affairs organisations, NGOs in the humanitarian area). These will be on the basis of students finalising a project with the organisations concerned, and then maintaining contact via Skype and e-mail. A local supervisor will be in place as a contact point and adviser on the project. In addition to the project itself, there will also be some face-to-face seminars on cognate areas of international affairs, report-writing and how to conduct negotiations in the international sphere. To be eligible for the course, students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of International Relations or have very strong results in courses dealing with international affairs. A minimum GPA of 5.0 will be required.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 3107
    Course International Relations Internship
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study with credit average in POLIS courses
    Incompatible ARTS 2201, ARTS 3201, ARTS 3202
    Restrictions Available to BIntRel students only
    Course Description The Internship allows students to work with a variety of organisations and NGOs concerned with International Affairs. The attachment to these will in some cases include working with them at their offices, but the majority will be project-based. Included will be some 'virtual' internships and attachment with organisations in Europe, Asia and the Americas (including Human Rights bodies, international think-tanks, international affairs organisations, NGOs in the humanitarian area). These will be on the basis of students finalising a project with the organisations concerned, and then maintaining contact via Skype and e-mail. A local supervisor will be in place as a contact point and adviser on the project. In addition to the project itself, there will also be some face-to-face seminars on cognate areas of international affairs, report-writing and how to conduct negotiations in the international sphere. To be eligible for the course, students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of International Relations or have very strong results in courses dealing with international affairs. A minimum GPA of 5.0 will be required.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Priya Chacko

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After completing this course student will be able to:

    1. Work cooperatively and ethically in a professional environment.
    2. Demonstrate theoretical, critical and methodological and disciplinary knowledge in politics and international relations in a practical form.
    3. Develop research and report writing skills and manage and finalise a large research project at an advanced level.
    4. Provide briefs, presentations, progress reports or posters in line with current professional standards with polished writing and other communication skills.
    5. Show an awareness of the ways in which contemporary professional, industry, community or government organisations operate in terms of practical and project research work.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1,2

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1,2,3,4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    2,3

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    4

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    1

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None
    Recommended Resources
    None
    Online Learning
    Resource to assist you working on assignments will be on MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is based on an external placement, with some internal seminars and online learning. 
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Refer to your internship agreement. This is a research-based internship which may have limited time on-site. 
    Learning Activities Summary
    To support your internship experience there will be a series of seminars in the first half of the semester. 
    Specific Course Requirements
    To remain in the course past census date you must have a signed internship agreement. 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    1 Project framework  20%
    2 Host report  20%
    3 Final project  40%
    4 Presentation/poster  20%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    None
    Assessment Detail
    Refer to MyUni
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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