Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview

This unit gives Arts students the opportunity to gain credit for supervised projects in working situations in the public and private sectors. It supports students to apply, enhance and develop generic and/or specific skills gained through their Arts studies in an industry context focused on social and cultural activities, such as communication, education, community development, human service provision, policy development, governance, creative arts, or research. It offers students access to professional responsibilities, participation in group and/or independent problem-solving scenarios and exposure to workplace practices and communication (written and oral). It also supports students to articulate their skills and experience for employment contexts.

Please visit the WIL Placements and Internships page for more information about the WIL program.

This unit is not available for self-enrolment, as students must first secure an internship/placement which is a component of the unit. Enrolment in a WIL unit is not guaranteed. Students must determine their eligibility for a WIL unit and then submit an expression of interest by the published deadline in SoniaOnline. Enrolments in WIL units are subject to approval by the University. A student who withdraws from a WIL placement after confirmation of placement with the host organisation will be declared to have failed the unit unless the School is satisfied that there were exceptional circumstances to justify withdrawal.

Who can apply for this unit? Students enrolled in an undergraduate degree, who have completed 48 points and are enrolled in a course or major offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Design, or Indigenous Studies, can apply to take the WIL Internship Program.

Undergraduate students who don't meet these requirements may email the unit coordinator with their reasons for wanting to apply for the program, and the unit coordinator may grant permission to apply. Please note that students would still need to complete the competitive application and selection process, and that permission from the unit coordinator does not guarantee a placement.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) identify generic and specific skills developed through study in Arts and how they apply to real-world workplaces; (2) evaluate the sociocultural context, purpose and value of the internship project; (3) demonstrate professionalism, including taking initiative, working independently, or contributing to a team, as required by the internship; and (4) demonstrate a range of effective job-seeking and workplace communication skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) work placement hours & log-book; (2) reflective writing & report; and (3) career development activities & assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jacqueline Van Gent
Unit rules
Successful completion of
48 points in your chosen degree and a successful application for the WIL Placement Program
and Enrolment in
a course
or major offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Design,
or Indigenous Studies
Approved quota: 100—all students must complete the competitive application and selection process to secure a place in the unit. Priority will be given to students who have not taken a level 2 internship or practicum unit previously.
Contact hours
work placement: 100 hours
workshop attendance: approx. 4-6 hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.