Work Placement (MENPRA)

The course offers students the possibility for work placements in businesses/organizatoins. The work placement shall contribute to increase the students' awareness of their role in relation to others in specific work-related development- and change-tasks. Furthermore, the students shall gain insight into how to analyse situations and make use of different methods and theories acquired during their studies to enhance change- and development-work.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The students undertake work placements in organizations sourced and approved by the university. They will experience how the study-program comes into use in ordinary work situations. The work placement takes place from August to December, and the students take part in dedicated tasks within the organization they are placed in.

Before the semester starts, the students receive information about where their placement will be. A mandatory information-meeting will be held in the beginning of the semester in order to prepare the students for the work placement and give practical advice necessary to complete the work placement period.

The students work through the work placement period will be assessed through a written report and an oral presentation. The report shall consist of two parts. In part 1, the students are to describe the business they are placed in and the tasks they are given. In part 2, they shall present an examination-report of greater scale, based on a certain problem. The students find the problem in collaboration with the relevant business. The mandatory assignment consist of submitting and adjusting two drafts of the report, as well as commenting on fellow students' drafts.

Throughout the work placement, the students will be followed up by the organization and academic staff from the Department of Media and Social Sciences. Every student has three counselling meetings including two obligatory joint-gatherings where the report drafts will be discussed.

Learning outcome

It is expected that the students after completing the course will have the following knowledge, skills, and general competencies:


Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Have knowledge about how their academic competence can be used in the work-life.
  • Have knowledge about how development, change and leader tasks are initiated and carried out in a work context.


Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • Use academic knowledge acquired in the study-programme in a real work situation.
  • Combine theory and experience-based learning and reflect upon theory and practice in relation to each other.
  • Understand how businesses organize their work and relate academic questions to real and actual work-related situations and contexts.
  • Reflect upon their own role and ability to act in relation to others as well as discuss the use of academic competence in practice.
  • Critically assess his/her own work placement.

General competence

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • Adjust to tasks, work-context and place in a given business.
  • Contribute academically to development based on the employer's needs.
  • Comment and give feedback on written work.
  • Plan and hold an oral presentation of a greater report.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Work placement report and oral presentation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project report 1/2 1 Semesters Approved/ Not approved
Oral presentation 1/2 1 Hours Approved/ Not approved

There is no resit-exam in this course.

Coursework requirements

90% attendence and 2 work placement reports

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Elin Merethe Oftedal

Course teacher:

Thomas Michael Sattich

Course teacher:

Helle Sjøvaag

Method of work

Work placement in an organization (approx 75% position/60 days in the course of week 34-49), seminars with fellow students, guidance from the business and three counselling-meetings with the course-coordinator. Before the counselling meetings, the students submit their work placement report-drafts.

Scheduled meetings are mandatory.

Open for

Digital Society and Societal Transformations - Master's Degree Programme Energy, Environment and Society - Master's Degree Programme Change Management - Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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