Professional & Applied Ethics Internship

Subject PHIL90030 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 28-Mar-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Apr-2016
Census Date 15-Apr-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Placement between 20-25 days.
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours


Admittance to the 200 point program in the Master of Arts in Professional and Applied Ethics.

  1. Permission from the internship coordinator is required.
  2. The selection process for this subject includes consideration of academic performance in the first half of the degree. This subject should be completed during the second half of the degree.
  3. Students are required to apply for this subject in the semester prior to commencement of the internship, via the online expression of Interest form:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Christopher Cordner



Subject Overview:

This subject involves completion of a 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
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 200 points Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)

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