Professional & Applied Ethics Internship

Subject PHIL90030 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2014:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Placement to be equivalent to 6 weeks full time employment, undertaken continuously or pro-rated across the semester.
Total Time Commitment:

240 hours


Admittance to the 200 point program in the Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics (102EU).



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Assoc Prof Christopher Cordner


Associate Professor Christopher Cordner

Subject Overview:

This subject involves completion of a 240 hour work placement integrating academic learning, employability skills and attributes and an improved knowledge of organisations, workplace culture, career pathways, and ethical issues arising in the context of the specific placement. The placement is supplemented by pre- and post-placement classes designed to introduce skills for developing, identifying and articulating employability skills and attributes and linking them to employer requirements. The placement should draw on specific discipline skills associated with the course of enrolment. Pre-placement seminars will also include consideration of career planning and professional skills.

Students are responsible for identifying a suitable work placement, and will be assisted by Academic Enrichment Services and Faculty staff. In the semester prior to your placement you should attend Careers & Employment (C&E) employment preparation seminars and workshops and access other C&E resources to assist you in identifying potential host organisations You will need to commence your approaches to organisations at least 4 weeks before the placement.-more information is available in the Subject Guide. Placements must be approved by the Course Coordinator. If you have problems finding a placement you should approach the Course Coordinator.

On completion of the subject, students will have completed and reported on a course-related project in a workplace. They will also have enhanced employability skills including communication, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving, organisational and time-management, and an understanding of career planning and professional development.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of Arts Internship, students should be able to:

  • Identify and articulate their knowledge and skills and apply them to relevant organisational contexts and work-settings; as well as linking them to specific professions and career pathways.
  • Produce original work in an appropriate format which demonstrates analytical, research and problem-solving skills;
  • Review and reflect on the process and output of a work project/placement to articulate their academic and career development learning from the experience;
  • Understand the value of industry and professional networks and their importance to self reliance, lifelong learning and career progression.

10,000 words in total, comprising:

  • 2000 word journal recording experience of placement (20%)
  • 6000 word case-study drawing on an information interview with an employee in your placement organisation. 60% (Due 2 weeks after the completion of the placement)
  • A 20 minute individual presentation – presented either in a post-placement seminar or to the academic co-ordinator – on a discipline-specific topic related to the experience of the placement (20% - 2000 words equivalent)
Prescribed Texts:

To be set in discussion with academic coordinator.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, time management and organisational skills as a result of their participation in the workplace;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a professional workplace and to work with and interact with a wide range of people inside and outside their host organisations, including working in teams;
  • Understanding of organisational culture and ethics, work practices, and the diversity of workplaces;
  • Demonstrate analytical, problem-solving research, and report-writing skills;
  • Ability to manage and plan work;
  • Capacity for initiative and enterprise;
  • Capacity for lifelong learning, self reliance and professional development
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 points Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics

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