Project Oriented Course


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

In order to participate in Project Oriented Course, students must have passed exams totaling at least 30 ECTS from the 1st and 2nd semester of the ES study program

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

During Project oriented course (internships) , students must spend a minimum of three months in an international organization working with activities related to European studies. The host organization is chosen by the student and must be approved by the study board. Before the 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 internship. This agreement must specify which tasks the student is expected to undertake at the host organization as well as the duration of the internship. In addition, students will be expected to produce a project report at the end of the internship on a topic of relevance to the host organization. 

Choice of specialization

If students have opted for a full specialization within Chinese Area Studies, Latin American Studies, or Global Gender Studies the focus of the project oriented module must be related to the chosen specialization.


The objective of the module is that students gain practical experience through applying knowledge, theories and methods within European studies while working in an international organization. Moreover, the students must be able to reflect critically on their experience during their time at an international organization and on the linkage between their study programs and the internship. During their internship, the students apply their collaborative PBL competences acquired from working in project groups based on problem-based learning during previous semesters and demonstrate their reflexive competencies in the project report.


During the module, students must spend a minimum of three months at an organization working within the field of European studies. Concurrently, the students will write a project report, reflecting on their experience and using their theoretical knowledge about European studies to identify and analyze a problem field of relevance to the host organization.

Learning objectives


  • will have acquired specific knowledge and experience of working at an international organization
  • will possess in-depth knowledge of the field of the host organization and can reflect on these on an academic basis and within a problem based learning perspective


  • can analyze specific issues within the fields of European Studies
  • can select and apply relevant methods and theories in practical context
  • can reflect critically on the application of relevant methods and theories from an academic perspective, including PBL


  • is able to apply acquired theoretical knowledge related to European studies 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.

Type of instruction

Students will be expected to participate in the activities of the host organization and will also write a project report. Students will be assigned an academic supervisor from Aalborg University.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • The students must hand in a written statement from the host institution stating that the student has worked in the organization during the time period stipulated.


Name of examProject Oriented Course
Type of exam
Written exam
The module is completed by an internally assessed, individual written examination assessed according to the 7-point grading scale. Students must submit a project report of 12 to 15 pages. The report must contain reflections on the linkage between the 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 internship experience, drawing on experiences from former semesters at the study program.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleProject Oriented Course
Module codeES0019
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureOther location
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations
Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities