Field Practice



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 4

Typically offered in

Spring semester

Course description

Aim of the course

The goal of the course is the implementation of the theoretical knowledge in the field, gaining experiences, by joining the work of organizations dealing with social inclusion and intercultural issues. On the course of the Field Internship students gain and insight and experience in organizations working on diverse spheres of the Hungarian and international social field. Students will become able to understand intercultural relationships and communication, and to organize the cooperation of culturally diverse people.

Learning outcome, competences

  • Has a general overview of the main theoretical approaches to education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, law and communication
  • Knows the multicultural theories of social and cultural connections, their critics, and good practices
  • Knows the basic processes of intercultural communication, and know methods supporting the development of intercultural competencies


  • Has a realistic self-perception, self-evaluation and self-control during work
  • Uses their professional knowledge to understand social changes
  • Accepts that cultural inclusion and the co-vivality of cultures my evoke conflicts that in a pluralistic society may be solved by handling these conflicts cooperatively and constructively
  • Sees cultural diversity as an opportunity, that may serves social inclusion an development


  • Able to integrate the intercultural perspectives in their own work
  • Takes responsibility for their work, is aware of the expected and possible consequences, accepts failure
  • Can cooperate with others effectively
  • Able to initiate and bring decisions autonomously
  • Represents the values of social inclusion

Content of the course
Topics of the course


  • Visiting and observing at the institution
  • Participating in the work of the institution
  • Seminars and consultations:

       a. Preparatory classes: to get to know the course requirements, and discussing how the document analysis, the class observation, and the field notes should be done.
       b. Consultations: you have to have meetings with your ELTE IIPE supervisor (minimum of 2 occasions)
       c. Presentation of your activities during your internship (Power point presentation)
       d. Preparing the documents to be handed in

Learning activities, learning methods
Documents you will have to hand in during the semester: The documents will have to be uploaded to the e-learning site. Your supervisor might ask you to send the documents via email as well.

  1. Motivation letter (using the template from the e-learning site)
  2. Work plan: detailed plan of your activities (concrete dates including the deadlines of submission of the document analysis and field notes). Your supervisor has to approve your work plan
  3. Document analysis: you have to choose a document (education plan, founding document, etc.) and analyse it from a multicultural aspect (in case of language barrier you have to discuss it with your ELTE IIPE supervisor what document could be analysed). Deadline: you will have to agree with your supervisor and write it in your work plan
  4. Field notes: you will have to prepare three field notes during the semester. Deadline: you will have to agree with your supervisor and write it in your work plan

Content of the field notes:

  • first field note: your expectations from the institution and the internship, getting to know the institution, first impressions and reflections
  • second field note: an interim field note in which you reflect on your activities: what you actually do, what experiences you have, etc.
  • third field note: summarising your internship and analysing it from a multicultural aspect.

In your field notes you have to reflect on your own experiences, your personal development (e.g. intercultural competence), refer to your theoretical background (using literature references) demonstrating that you are capable of conceptualising your everyday observations. The field notes have to contain the notes you made during your class observations.

       5. PPT / Prezi/ Poster/ Vlog presentation at the end of the semester about your activities
       6. Short summary of your whole activity, experiences, professional development and competence learning

Evaluation of outcomes
Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:


participating the field practice actively, handing in all documents listed above.

mode of evaluation: 


criteria of evaluation:

  • Internship activities at your host institute: 50%
  • All documents, field notes submitted, consultations, presentation: 50%

Compulsory reading list

  • Rosado, C. (2006): What Do We Mean By “Managing Diversity”? Originally Published in Sumati Reddy, editor. Workforce Diversity, Vol. 3: Concepts and Cases. Hyderabad, India: ICAFAI University [05.02.2015.]
  • Braedel-Kühner, Cordula, Müller, Andreas P. (eds.) (2015): Re-thinking Diversity: Multiple Approaches in Theory, Media, Communities, and Managerial Practice. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.
  • Alexander, Jeffrey J. (2001): Theorizing the Modes of Incorporation: Assimilation, Hyphenationa and Multiculturalism as Varieties of Civil Participation. Sociological Theory, 19/3. 237-249.
  • Vertovec, Steven – Wessendorf, Susanne (2009): Assessing the backlash against multiculturalism in Europe. MMG Working Paper 09-04 MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen