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Placement, Outreach and Engagement

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

Module Code:


Module Name:

Placement, Outreach and Engagement

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Gitit Kadar-Satat

Module Teachers


Module Aims

  1. To develop knowledge of, and expertise with outreach and engagement linked to a theoretical, research, or practical aspect of psychology;
  2. To develop communication skills, including verbal, written, visual, and online/social media communication;
  3. To refine skills with project development and time management;
  4. To build relationships with partners within and outside the community, including schools, charities, community groups, companies, etc.
  5. To develop professional and transferable skills relating to future career paths and employability.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the development of employability skills.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of how a professional working environment operates.
  • Demonstrate the development of transferrable skills such as communication, time management, team working.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and expertise in outreach and public engagement.

Assessed by:

Presentation of placement projects

Placement project report

Module Work Load

Module Length

10 Weeks


55 Hours


6 Sessions of 2 hours


Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Presentation of placement project

Placement project report




Module Programme

**Please be aware that the number of places on this module is limited and there is a selection process.**

This is an indicative module outline only to indicate the sort of topics that may be covered in the seminars. Actual seminars held may differ.
Introduction to Placements, Outreach, and Public Engagement;
Developing and evaluating outreach and engagement projects;
Co-production and best practice in working with communities;
Developing skills through Placements, Outreach, and Public Engagement;
Innovation in the workplace.

Module Reading List

Alvord, S. H., Brown, L. D., & Letts, C. W. (2004). Social Entrepreneurship and Societal Transformation: An Exploratory Study. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 40(3), 260–282.

Bolton, G. (2003) Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development (Sage).

Chivers, Barbara, and Michael Shoolbred. A Student′s Guide to Presentations: Making your Presentation Count, SAGE Publications, 2007. ProQuest Ebook Central,

DuBow, W. M., & Litzler, E. (2019). The Development and Use of a Theory of Change to Align Programs and Evaluation in a Complex, National Initiative. American Journal of Evaluation, 40(2), 231–248.

Dunn, V. (2017). Young people, mental health practitioners and researchers co-produce a Transition Preparation Programme to improve outcomes and experience for young people leaving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). BMC Health Services Research, 17(1), 1–12.

Herbert, I. and Rothwell, A. (2004), Managing Your Placement: A Skills Based Approach (Palgrave).

Miles S., Renedo A. and Marston C. (2018). ‘Slow co-production’ for deeper patient involvement in health care. Journal of Health Design. 3(1):57–62.

Mroz, J., Yoerger, M., Allen, J., & Reiter-Palmon, R. (2019). Faculty and Students Consulting in the Community: The Center for Applied Psychological Services. In J. Allen & R. Reiter-Palmon (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Organizational Community Engagement and Outreach (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology, pp. 133-152). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108277693.008.

NCCPE. (2017). How to evaluate public engagement projects and programmes. National Co-ordinating Cantre for Publick Engagement. evaluating_your_public_engagement_work.pdf

Reed, M.S., Duncan, S., Manners, P., Pound, D., Armitage, L., Frewer, L., Thorley, C. and Frost, B. (2018) ‘A common standard for the evaluation of public engagement with research’. Research for All, 2 (1): 143–162. DOI 10.18546/RFA.02.1.13.

Smith, K., Clegg, S., Lawrence, E. and Todd, M.J. (2007)The challenges of reflection: Students learning from work placements. Innovations in Education and Teaching International. 44(2): pp 131-141.

Smith, L., & Romero, L. (2010). Psychological interventions in the context of poverty: participatory action research as practice. The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(1), 12–25.

Social Enterprise UK (n.d.). What is it all about?.

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership. (2015). Engaging Communities Toolkit

  • A practical guide to community engagement.