Work experience

Placement courses give students the chance to apply knowledge and skills from more theoretical courses, gain insight into working life and become more employable. The placement facilitates the student's transition from training to profession.

Department students have got their work experience with, among others, the County Administrative Board of Stockholm, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Region Skåne, the City of Stockholm, the Swedish Transport Administration, and the consultancy firms Tyréns and WSP.
Department students have got their work experience with, among others, the County Administrative Board of Stockholm, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Region Skåne, the City of Stockholm, the Swedish Transport Administration, and the consultancy firms Tyréns and WSP.

 

A work experience course is normally done in the later part of the education. Usually the course is studied as a separate module after bachelor degree or within a master programme. A work experience course can be included in a bachelor or a master degree.

All work experience courses in the Department of Human Geography are 15 credits; the time period is approximately 10 weeks. The duration was determined after discussions with a number of employers in some of the industries where the Department's alumni (i.e. former students) work. Work experience courses are given at 100% study tempo both autumn and spring semester during the semester periods A–B and C–D. Application is done in the same way as for other courses.

Students at one of the Department's three master programmes may choose to study a work experience module from the first cycle or the second cycle (since a limited number of first cycle courses can be included in a master degree). Second cycle work experience courses are open for master programme students only.

Placement courses have been run by the Department of Human Geography since 2007. Over the years, a total of more than 200 students have chosen to study a work experience course at the Department.

The student is responsible for finding a placement with a strong connection to the main field of study. For a student without a good knowledge of Swedish it can be quite problematic to find a suitable workplace in Sweden. Before the course can begin, the placement must be approved by the Department. The course begins with an introduction for all students who will do the course the same semester period.

The module content is designed in cooperation with the supervisor at the workplace. The student participates in the activities and projects at the place of work during the same hours as the employees. It is rather common that students do one or two more independent projects.

During the period, the student is in contact with a supervisor at the University. The student keeps a work experience diary. After the end of the period there is a written and oral examination where the student reports the experiences. The examination takes place at the University. Exactly how the examination is done vary between courses. The second cycle modules are more challenging and students have to demonstrate more own reflection.

Examples of businesses, government organizations and other organizations who have received students include: AF Housing, the County Administrative Board of Stockholm, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Region Skåne, the Stockholm County Council (Development and Regional Planning Administration and Public Transport Administration), the City of Stockholm (City Planning Office), the Swedish Transport Administration, the Trelleborg Municipality (City Planning Office), the consultancy firms Tyréns and WSP, and WWF Sweden.

First cycle courses
Work Experience in Human Geography, 15 HECs
Work Experience in Urban and Regional Planning, 15 HECs

Second cycle courses
These courses are only open for master programme students.
Work Experience in Human Geography, 15 HECs
Work Experience in Urban and Regional Planning, 15 HECs

Projects on assignment

Project courses are in some ways rather similar to the work experience courses since they also contains application of more theoretical knowledge and skills and contact with the world of work. The task is usually more demanding but there are also other important differences.

Clients have included the Nacka Municipality, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Skanska, the Church of Swedish and the Swedish Construction Federation.
Clients have included the Nacka Municipality, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Skanska, the Church of Swedish and the Swedish Construction Federation.


Clients have included the Nacka Municipality, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Skanska, the Church of Swedish and the Swedish Construction Federation.

A project on assignment consists of a slightly larger project. Typically the project is fulfilled individually but it is sometimes also possible to work in a small team of students.

The assignment comes from a company, government body or other organization outside the University. The student is responsible for finding an assignment with a strong link to the main field of study. Before the project can start, it must be approved by the Department. The module begins with an introduction for all students who will do the course during the semester period.

During the course, the student has a supervisor at the University and one or more contacts at the client’s organization. Sometimes the student has a workplace at the client. Other students meet the client only to get the assignment, perhaps sometime during the project, and when the results of the study are presented. The student typically gets access to some kind of material from the client but it depends obviously on the project theme.

When the project on assignment is completed the student presents the project results orally and in a written report. Usually this is done both in writing in a report and at an oral presentation at the client’s office when the student presents the project for a management team within a company or a political board in a municipality. At the oral presentation an observer from the University is present. The second cycle modules are more challenging and students have to demonstrate more own reflection.

Unlike a work experience course (where the grades are G pass and U fail) the regular grading scale is used (A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F).

A project on assignment is included in the final semester of the Bachelor's Programme in Human Geography with Intelligence Analysis for Policy and Business, 180 credits. A project on assignment course can also be studied separately after a bachelor degree, as a bridge to the labour market, or within a master's programme, which then become more professional oriented. A project on assignment course can be included in the bachelor or master degree.

Since 2007, more than 100 projects have been completed. (Earlier there was a comparable course in urban and regional planning only.) Examples of previous clients include the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education, the Nacka Municipality, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Skanska construction and development company, the City of Stockholm (Stockholm Housing Agency), the Church of Swedish, the Swedish Construction Federation and Värmdö Municipality.

First cycle courses
Intelligence Analysis for Policy and Business with specialisation for Human Geography, 30 HECs (in Swedish)
Project on Assignment in Human Geography, 15 HECs
Project on Assignment in Urban and Regional Planning, 15 HECs

Second cycle courses
These courses are only open for master programme students.
Project on Assignment in Human Geography, 15 HECs
Project on Assignment in Urban and Regional Planning, 15 HEC
Project on Assignment in Geography, 15 HECs