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Postgraduate course


  • ECTS credits30
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeGLODE310
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

On site at the host institution

Objectives and Content

Experience, develop understanding of, and reflect critically on professional/academic practice, through participation in the daily operations of a development/government/research organisation. The student will work in the host institution performing duties agreed to in an Internship Agreement. As part of the internship, time is set aside with the internship mentor at the host institution for discussions about the student's experience, and the institution's experience with the student.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has:

  • In depth knowledge of professional etiquette and culture
  • In depth knowledge of how to research the background, mission and activities of an organisation one has newly joined


The student has the ability to:

  • Clarify his or her one's commitment to professional/academic work life and motivation for work in the development arena
  • Set one's own learning outcomes, to be mastered through the internship (in addition to those listed here)
  • Apply academic knowledge in a professional setting to solve real-world problems
  • Set professional development goals in collaboration with superiors
  • Evaluate one's own performance and set improvement goals
  • Give constructive feedback to colleagues on one's work experience
  • Relate effectively to persons on different levels in an organisation's structure
  • Communicate within and outside a professional organisation in a manner in keeping with the organisations mission and values

General competence:

  • By the end of the course the student has: The ability to enhance one's own professional competency based on reflection over self-assessed and mentor-assessed performance
  • The ability to be a good team player
  • The ability to make professional commitments and adhere to them

Required Previous Knowledge

Completion of the first year of study in the master¿s programme in Global Development Theory and Practice

Access to the Course

All students enrolled in master's programme in Global Development Theory and Practice; no guest students may participate

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Hands-on experience working in a professional setting, there are no lectures or other classroom teaching activities

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

The student must complete the requirements of the Internship Agreement (required hours of attendance and tasks as agreed with organisation) and the internship mentor at the host institution must confirm that this is done (organisation report to be submitted one week before student report). The student will not be allowed to submit the report if the compulsory assignments and attendance are incomplete.

Forms of Assessment

One written assignment must delivered by the end of the internship semester; a 18-25 page paper discussing all learning outcomes including the self-established outcomes (the paper's contents should focus on methods and activities used to master an objective, the results achieved, critical reflection about the experience in relation to global development and the specialisation). The paper should also state new professional learning outcomes to be mastered by the end of the programme, and reflection on how they might achieve the new learning outcomes.

Grading Scale


Reading List


Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology¿s routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen¿s Quality Assurance System.

Programme Committee

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology

Course Coordinator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology

Course Administrator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology