Module Details

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Code PHIL758
Coordinator Dr V Simoniti
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 15


To give students practical experience of work in a cultural institution. To improve student knowledge and understanding of how cultural institutions function To enable students to contextualise this experience, knowledge and understanding through sustained reflection.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have acquired practical experience of the work conducted in a cultural institution.

(LO2) Students will have acquired practical experience of the research conducted in a cultural institution.

(LO3) Students will have a firmer idea of issues surrounding employment in cultural institutions.

(LO4) Students will have a firmer idea of issues surrounding research in cultural institutions.

(LO5) Students will be able to reflect critically on the work and research conducted in cultural institutions.

(S1) Ability to participate in the working life of a cultural institution.

(S2) Ability to identify issues involved in the research work of cultural institutions.

(S3) Ability to negotiate issues surrounding employment in cultural institutions.

(S4) Improving own learning and performance. Reflective practice.

(S5) Ability to reflect critically on the role of cultural institutions.



Workshop1: Module Introduction & Placement Preparation jointly run by the Careers & Employability Service and the module convenor from the Department of Philosophy. This session is designed to introduce students to the module, making sure students are clear as to what is expected with regard to both the placement and assessed work. Workshop2: Research Skills Workshop led by Faculty Librarian at the University of Liverpool. This session introduces students to practices, skills and strategies that will help them succeed in both the academic and work environments, including effective information management, choice of resources for locating information, and tools and techniques for more efficient workflow. Workshop3: Building your CV and preparing for Interviews led by Careers and Employability Service. This workshop is designed to help students build their CV and prepare for interviews, thus preparing them both for securing a placement and for more generally enhancing their emp loyability skills and career prospects. Workshop4: Making the most of your placement led by Careers & Employability Service. This session focuses on making an impact in your placement, looking at networking and how to make the most of your placement experience by focusing on how you will build on the placement experience for future career planning. 10 day Work-based Placement at the University’s own new Museum and Gallery site (Victoria Building) or Tate Liverpool, Static, Culture Campus, National Museums Liverpool (comprising World Museum Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, National Conservation Centre, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Sudley House, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Customs and Excise National Museum, Museum of Liverpool). 2 One-to-One tutorials with the module convenor. The first tutorial will take place before the placement and the second after the placement has begun in order to support students with the preparation and delivery of their assessment.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Field Work
Description: This is a 10 day-placement either at University Museum and Gallery site or at external cultural institution. This may take place at any time in the academic year. Students keep a reflective log and consult the student convenor about it.
Attendance recorded: No

Teaching Method 2 - Workshop
Description: 2-hour workshops on employability, getting the most out of your placement, and research skills
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - Supervision
Description: 1:1 supervision with course convenor
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Delivery notes: social distancing and/or virtual activity may be required in hybrid/online teaching contexts.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     2



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 58


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Assessment Schedule (When): S1 week 13, semester 2 week 13 or final week of academic year. Dependent on when student does their placement.    100       

Recommended Texts

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