Master’s studies

Syllabus for Internship in Peace and Development Studies

Praktikkurs i freds- och utvecklingsstudier

A revised version of the syllabus is available.

  • 30 credits
  • Course code: 2FK036
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: _
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2014-06-10
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 30, 2014
  • Entry requirements: Passed grades in the courses Peace and Conflict Studies A, Development Studies A and the B course. The C course thesis of the student's major within the programme must have been submitted. Only students enrolled in the Bachelor's programme in Peace and Development Studies can start the course.
  • Responsible department: Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • carry out analytical work that follows the guidelines and processes that prevail within the scope of current workplace
  • respond to colleagues in a professional way, including follow deadlines
  • within the scope of the course write a minor essay in which the student reflect over the workplace processes from theoretical tools that are acquired earlier within the education


The course is normally taken at a workplace of relevance for Peace and Conflict Research/Studies and/or Development Studies. The internship is a professional practice and the student shall, to the extent that supervisors, trainers and workplace conditions permit, carry out tasks normally assigned to investigators and analysts. Supervisors and course convenors should strive to provide tasks in a variety of fields and at different levels. During the internship, students are trained in using skills of inquiry and analysis as they are applied in the field of action where practice is implemented. If course convenor so consider, seminars at the department may occur during the internship.

Each student must have an individual plan for the course, which includes the content and structure of his/her work placement. It shall be worked out between the student and the assigned supervisor/mentor and be accepted or rejected by course convenor. The department does not guarantee an internship placement to the student. It is entirely the student's responsibility to find a placement. The student should also in good time inform the department of his/her proposal of internship placement. The department then decides which organisation, public authority or company etc. that can be considered appropriate.


Periodic and scheduled tutoring hours. Attendance is mandatory during the hours of work prevailing at the internship site and for any seminars scheduled in the course.


When the internship has ended, the student is required to submit a written report of his/her term of internship to the course convenor. The report should encompass the student's description of the place of internship \x{2013} its organisation, aims, resources \x{2013} as well as an account of what assignments were given to him/her. The report should include a reflection on how the internship related to the student's previous studies. More general comments should also be included of the pros and cons of the specific place of internship, as well as constructive feedback on how negative aspects could be decreased. A letter from the employer containing his/her evaluation of the student's internship period is required. The letter of evaluation shall be signed by the student's supervisor/mentor at the placement. Based on the student's report and the supervisor's assessment, the course convenor issues one of the following grades: Pass (Pass) or Fail (U).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.