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Work placement MENPRA

The course offers students work placements in businesses. The work placement contributes to increasing the student's awareness of his/her role in relation to others in specific work-related development and change tasks. Furthermore, the student gains insight into how to analyse situations and make use of different methods and theories to enhance change and development work.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

Course code


Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

Offered by

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Media and Social Sciences

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 organise 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, 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 project or report.

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

Before the semester starts, the students receive information about which business offers them work placement. A start-up seminar is arranged at the beginning of the semester in order to prepare the students for the work placement.  In the seminar, the students are given practical advice necessary to complete the work placement period. 

Throughout the work placement period, the students shall write a work placement report consisting of two parts. In part one, the students are to describe the business they are placed in and the tasks they have. In part two, they shall present an examination report of greater scale, based on a certain problem. The student finds the problem in collaboration with the relevant business. It is expected that the students submit two drafts of the work placement report throughout the semester, as well as commenting on fellow students' drafts. Throughout the work placement, the students will be followed up by the business and given academic supervision from the Department of Media and Social Sciences. Every student has three counseling meetings in addition to a compulsory joint gathering where the report drafts will be discussed.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Students enrolled in the Energy, Environment and Society master's programme, who have achieved a minimum average grade of C in 80 per cent of the first semester courses, can apply.  

Applicants who meet the above criteria, will be evaluated based on their application and CV. Nominal length of study will be emphasized. The students can also be invited to job interviews by the potential businesses. All applicants are not guaranteed to be offered work placement. Those who do not receive an offer must choose other elective courses.


Work placement report and oral presentation

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project report 1/2 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
Method of work
Work placement in an organization ( approx 75% position, 480 hours over the course of 16 weeks), seminars with fellow students, guidance from the business and three  group counselling meetings with the course coordinator. Before the counselling meetings, the students submit their work placement report drafts. Seminars and group councellings are included in the 480 hours the course encompasses of.
Open for
Energy, Environment and Society - masterstudium Change Management - Master's Degree Programme
Course assessment
Student evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Faculty of Social Science evaluation system.
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