Scholarship of Engagement for Politics

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The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics - Project Objectives

FDTL5 scholarship of Engagement for Politics brochure

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The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics was a FDTL5 funded project whose main aim was to develop, evaluate and promote research-based placements as a formal dimension of the Politics and International Relations curriculum in UK Universities. The project has now developed, and tested a variety of models and templates for placement learning within the formal curriculum, and will soon be publishing its findings. The research has evaluated the impact and effectiveness of the Scholarship of Engagement for Politics, thus offering other UK Politics Departments the opportunity to develop their own models of research-based placement learning.

While University Politics departments in the UK often provide voluntary work placement opportunities for students to enhance their learning in undergraduate programmes, in contrast, this project encourages the learning and teaching of governance through the Scholarship of Engagement as an essential and integrated dimension of the Politics undergraduate experience.

The emphasis has always been upon research-based learning rather than simply work experience. This project has developed partnership frameworks with local and regional government agencies, political actors, non-governmental organisations, and the voluntary sector. The project team then created a repertoire of examples of the Scholarship of Engagement, whilst evaluating the impact and effectiveness of this upon student learning, thus offering other UK Politics Departments the opportunity to develop their own models of engagement.

This project has involved the Departments of Politics at the Universities of Warwick, Coventry and Oxford Brookes. In the transferability phase of the project between November 2007 and June 2008 we worked with members of the Politics departments of the University of Huddersfield, Keele University, London Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds, to help them devise models of placement learning appropriate to their institutions.