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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSI2001: Learning from Work Experience in Social Sciences

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Preparing for your work placement
  • Personal development planning
  • Learning from experience
  • Reflection and reflective writing
  • Values and professionalism in the workplace
  • Personal development and academic skills review
  • Preparing for work after university
  • Preparing for assessment

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities105 x 2 hour workshops
Placement40Work placement
Guided Independent Study10Writing of reflective journal during the work placement to support assessment preparation
Guided Independent Study20Preparation of tasks related to learning and teaching activities
Guided Independent Study20Planning and preparation for work placement and work placement activities
Guided Independent Study50Assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Useful materials on many aspects of learning from experience are also available online at


Other Learning Resources

Suggested journal resources include:

  • Journal of Education and Work
  • Work, Employment and Society
  • Gender, Work and Organisation
  • Reflective Practice