The objective of the module is
That students gain practical experience through applying knowledge, theories and methods within international relations while working in an international organization.
That students apply and reflect upon their collaborative PBL competences acquired during previous semesters’ group projects.
That students are able to reflect critically on their experience during their time at an international organization and on the linkage between their study programs and the Academic Internship, thereby demonstrating their reflexive competencies.
Students must spend a minimum of three months in an international organization working with activities related to the study program. The host organization is chosen by the student and must be approved by the study board/the coordinator. Before the Academic Internship begins, an agreement between the student, the study board and the host organization must be drawn up stating the expectations and responsibilities of the student during the Academic Internship. This agreement must specify which tasks the student is expected to undertake at the host organization as well as the duration of the Academic Internship. Concurrently, the students will write a project report, reflecting on their experience and using their theoretical knowledge about international relations to identify and analyze a problem field of relevance to the host organization.
The report must contain reflections on the linkage between the Academic Internship and the study program as well as an analysis of a topic relevant to the host organization. Additionally, there must be reflections about problem-based learning in relation to Academic Internship experience, drawing on experiences from former semesters at the study program.
specific knowledge of the working environment and internal procedures of the host institution
in-depth knowledge of the field of the host organization as well as a broad understanding of the context for the host institution’s daily work
can analyze specific issues of relevance to the host institution within the field of international relations
can select and apply relevant methods and theories from the study program in a practical context
can reflect critically on the application of relevant methods and theories from an academic perspective, including PBL
are able to apply acquired theoretical knowledge related to international relations in a practical context
can plan their own work and undertake the specific analytical and academic tasks requested by the host organization
can function within an intercultural working environment
can take responsibility for their own professional development in cooperation with the chosen host organization and the academic supervisor.
Students will be expected to participate in the daily activities of the host organization. In addition, the students will also write a project report under supervision from the study program.
|Name of exam||Project Oriented Module in an External Organization|
|Type of exam|
Written examThe module is completed by an internally assessed, individual written examination in the form of a project report of 12 to 15 standard pages.
|Assessment||7-point grading scale|
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||The criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures|
|Danish title||Project Oriented Module in an External Organization|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Location of the lecture||Campus Aalborg|
|Responsible for the module|
|Study Board||Study Board of International Affairs|
|Department||Department of Politics and Society|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities|