How to find a practice base?
The student is responsible for finding a place or the activity to satisfy their practice requirement (you can think of it as part of your practise). The practice coordinator can only help by consulting the student and providing ideas. Occasionally the Department will have very specific practice offers, the relevant student group (e.g., some things may be only suitable for undergraduate students) will be notified.
What kind of activities can count towards practice?
There is no fixed list of approved activities, but the general idea is that the activities should not be too similar to regular course work, that is reading and discussing texts, taking lectures, writing papers etc. In addition, activities that allow the student to apply their philosophical knowledge and skills or activities that contribute to the student's choice of future career are preferred. In general, doing original research (with or without student's supervisor) can count towards practice requirements but only if there is some very specific outlet for that.
How to do practice?
The student should contact the practice coordinator before engaging in any activity they want to count towards their practice requirement. This is important because this is the only way to make sure that all the relevant parties are properly informed and everything proceeds as it should. Of course, activities done independently can count towards practice requirement if usual conditions are met. The practice does not need to be completed all at once, it can be split up into smaller parts, but not smaller than 1 ECTS. The practice does not need to be completed during term time.
What kind of documents are involved?
At the end of practice the student must submit their written report and timesheet to the practice coordinator who will, after reviewing the papers, authorize the credit points. If the student does their practice outside the department then also the contact of their practice supervisor must be provided so that feedback could be gathered about their performance. If the student does their practice outside the university then a three-way contract (student-university-practice base) needs to be signed as well as contact for feedback gathering must be provided. The instructions on how to fill in the papers and the relevant templates will be provided by the practice coordinator.
NB! If you are doing your practise within the ERASMUS programme, then the reporting is slightly different. In addition to the deparmental reports you also have to submit documentation to the ERASMUS programme, file those to Dean's Office. After that you will get a certificate which then needs to be sent to the practice coordinator along with the other papers.
How are the credit points calculated?
According to university regulations, 1 credit point is worth 26 academic hours of work. In general, some estimate of hours and therefore credit points will be agreed with the student and practice coordinator before the student begins their practice. This is only meant as an estimate to help guide and plan the practice activities. The actual amount of credit points awarded will depend on the amount of work done by the student, unless otherwise specified beforehand. There might be some occasional practice assignments provided by the Department with fixed amount of credit points regardless of actual working hours.