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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSI3017: Learning from Work Experience in the Social Sciences

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Preparing for your work placement
  • Personal development planning
  • Learning from experience
  • Reflection, reflective writing and preparing to write critical logs
  • An introduction to employment policies and practices.
  • Values and professionalism in the workplace
  • Preparing CVs, applications and personal statements
  • Personal Development and Academic skills review
  • Preparing for work after university
  • Preparing for assessment

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity1010 x 1 hour workshops
Placement4040 hours work placement
Guided Independent Study10Reflective journal kept during work experience
Guided Independent Study20Preparation of tasks related to teaching and learning sessions
Guided Independent Study20Planning and preparation for work placement and work placement activities
Guided Independent Study50Completion of activities for assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Useful materials on many aspects of learning from experience are also available online at

Other Learning Resources

Suggested journal resources include:

  • Journal of Education and Work
  • Work, Employment and Society
  • Gender, Work and Organisation
  • Employment Relations Today
  • Reflective Practice
  • Work and Occupations