Putting the action into Politics: embedding employability in the academic curriculum

Date

2022-11-22

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Springer

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Article

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Yes

Abstract

Employability is one of these concepts that polarises opinion. There are those who see it as an integral part of student education and learning, and those who see it as undermining conventional academic study. In this paper, we argue it is a key part of student learning experiences and use a case study of a particular module—'Politics in Action'—to highlight the potential benefits to students. This should be seen in conjunction with the rest of a degree programme, where employability maybe embedded but not prioritised. Student feedback reinforces the potential benefits of prioritising employability in one part of a degree programme, while acknowledging the beneficial spillover into other areas of study. There is, however, potential resource cost in adopting this type of approach to delivering such a bespoke module. It is far from being a conventional module, but the impact and benefits to student learning and understanding are clear.

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Keywords

employability, teaching, education, university

Citation

Jones, A. and Lishman, R. (2022) Putting the action into Politics: embedding employability in the academic curriculum. European Political Science,

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Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)