WILG3001 Professional Experience Practicum

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Political Science and International Relations major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit gives students in their third academic year the opportunity to undertake a supervised placement within a for-profit, not-for-profit or public sector organisation. Placements may be advertised by The University of Western Australia or be, subject to the prior approval of the University, a practicum placement arranged by students themselves. A placement can involve a specific project where the student works on the solution to a problem or explores possibilities for an organisation in the for-profit, not-for-profit or public sectors. The placement may be in the nature of a paid or unpaid internship where students gain relevant work experience in a workplace environment. Students undertaking an internship need to demonstrate how they are able to make a valuable contribution to the hosting organisation and how they expect the internship will benefit their university studies.
Students are able to (1) apply communication and interpersonal skills to a working situation; (2) demonstrate high level of initiative and the ability to work independently where required; (3) create a proposal and final report with the approval of the host supervisor; (4) perform tasks set by an employer to a high standard; and (5) critically reflect on experience in the workplace.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) work placement report; (2) practicum portfolio; and (3) career planning activities. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Peter Robinson
Unit rules
completion of at least 48 point of units and enrolled in the Political Science and International Relations major
the Linguistics major and approval by the unit coordinator
approval from the Associate Dean Learning & Teaching.
Advisable prior study:
For Political Science and International Relations students: POLS2201 Foundations of Public Policy
POLS3342 Global Environmental Politics
BUSN3348 Business Practicum
HUMA2901 Arts Practicum
POLS3326 Political Science Internship
WILG2201 Professional Experience Practicum
PARL3399 WA Parliamentary Research Program.
Contact hours
industry experience: 100 hours
Students wishing to undertake this unit must obtain permission to enroll by visiting the Professional Experience Practicum website: https://uwa.careerhub.com.au/students/workflows/detail/30 and submit an intention to enrol by the published deadline for the desired teaching period. Faculty officers determine whether or not a student has satisfied prerequisite requirements and is able to accommodate Professional Development Practicum within their academic plan for that nominated teaching period. A student who withdraws from WILG3001 Professional Experience Practicum after confirmation of placement with the host organisation will be declared to have failed the unit unless the Faculty is satisfied that there were exceptional circumstances to justify withdrawal.
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.