Practical Training, 15 credits

Praktik, 15 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Mikael Rundqvist

Course coordinator

Mikael Rundqvist

Director of studies or equivalent

Mariana S Gustafsson
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics (Economics) 5 (Autumn 2019) 201934-202003 Swedish Linköping, Valla E
F7KPO Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics (Political science) 5 (Autumn 2019) 201934-202003 Swedish Linköping, Valla E

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Bachelor´s Programme in Political science and economics

Entry requirements

For admission to the course, the student is required to be admitted to the Bachelor's Programme in Political Sciences. Admission to the course also requires that the student has completed 105 HE credits and achieved a passing grade in the course Knowledge and Communication.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • demonstrate advanced topic-specific knowledge within the field or fields that the practical training intends,
  • search for and process information about society,
  • problematise, analyse and critically evaluate a research issue from relevant perspectives,
  • independently and on theoretical basis, carry out an investigation, a project or a decision-making basis and make independent assessments and decisions,
  • show further advanced skills in communication.

Course content

By completing the placement, the student should acquire such experiences and understanding of qualified employment that these contribute to further advancing the mainly theoretical knowledge that the student in other respects acquires through the programme education.

During the placement period, the student should work under prevalent conditions and relations of a certain workplace. There, the student should carry out one or several defined tasks: projects, investigational assignments, studies or the like, beneficial for the current workplace. The student is responsible for finding an appropriate placement. The placement must be approved by the programme coordinator, in consideration of its relevance for the education and the conditions for satisfying the stated aims.

The tasks must have a high enough level of complexity that the student has the opportunity to implement his or her theoretical knowledge from the education. The workplace should be at a public practice (in a general sense). Apart from government funded and municipal public authorities of different kinds, this also points to a broad field of organisations and associations. Ultimately, however, it is the nature of the tasks that should be crucial, not whether the workplace can be referred to the public sector or the private sector. The placement may be located abroad.

During the placement, the student is supervised by a supervisor who is appointed by the workplace. The supervisor at the workplace has to establish a plan for the placement period, in consultation with the student, and provide relevant supervision for the tasks, during the work. The practical training, however, should mainly be carried out independently by the student at the placement. In the placement plan, it should be stated as clearly as possible which types of tasks the student should carry out, and during which period. Before the placement may start, the placement plan should be approved by the programme coordinator (or an individual that the programme coordinator appoints). If extensive changes are made in relation to the original placement plan after the placement has begun, the programme coordinator should be contacted.

Teaching and working methods

The working methods consist of participating in the work at the workplace with the task or tasks that the placement should comprise, according to the established placement plan.


The course is examined through a written report, oral presentation at a seminar and through certificate from the workplace confirming completed placement.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.


Three-grade scale, U, G, VG

Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SRE1 Written report 12 credits U, G
MRE1 Oral presentation 3 credits U, G
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