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Unit information: Humanities in Practice in 2020/21

Unit name Humanities in Practice
Unit code HUMS30005
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Sam Hitchmough
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Humanities
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit is designed to offer Humanities students a valuable insight into how their subject(s) of specialism interface with the public: how they are produced, presented and consumed.

The unit revolves around a placement in a local school, museum, gallery or other organisation. Students will engage in a project related to the placement tasks/projects that explores their subject in practice - the relationship between their subject and the public eye. Students will also complete a reflective journal that relates to employability, transferrable skills, and the concept of knowledge transfer.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the relevance of their undergraduate studies to contemporary society and cultural practice outside of Higher Education;
  2. reflect critically on a range of possible applications of their undergraduate studies in the modern workplace generally, as well as showing detailed knowledge of a specific workplace environment;
  3. reflect critically on the skills required to work competently and confidently within a professional environment, both independently and as part of a team;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of key employability skills including different modes of writing and presentation, creativity and problem-solving skills, collaborative work and engagement with the public;
  5. articulate an understanding of potential career paths and opportunities for employment related to their degree.

Teaching details


1 x 2-hour Seminar, 1 x 1-hour seminar

Assessment Details

2,000 word project, related to the placement tasks/project or equivalent to be agreed with their supervisor (70%) [ILOs 1-3]

Reflective journal, related to employability skills and knowledge transfer. The specific content and structure of the journal will depend on the individual placement, and will thus be agreed between the student, the partner contact/organisation and the unit co-ordinator (30%). [ILOs 3-5]

Reading and References