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BSocSc

Bachelor of Social Sciences

You'll explore the drivers and influences behind humanity and why society acts in particular ways when you study a Bachelor of Social Sciences at Waikato. The degree focuses on contemporary social issues, the ways in which humans interact with these issues and how such actions can be monitored and modified.

Hannah Divehall

Environmental Planning
Hannah is part of a team that works with the community to develop and create long term plans and strategies that set out management directions and future aspirations for public conservation land across New Zealand.


Zoe Gerrand

Psychology
Analysing crime data to provide solutions for improving communities is the job of a New Zealand Police Intelligence Analyst - a job which University of Waikato graduate Zoe Gerrand has recently landed.


Sophie Hamilton

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
Sophie Hamilton has landed a solid job as a Human Resources Administrator at large well-known Facilities Management company Morris Corporation in Perth – laying the foundations for her future career.


Graeme Mackenzie

Political Science
Growing up in South Africa during the transition from apartheid to democracy contributed to Graeme’s fascination with government and politics and led him to want to study public policy.


Kirtsen May

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
As Human Resources Coordinator for Carter Holt Harvey Packaging, Kirsten needs a good grasp of all things HR principals and relevant legislation to ensure she can do her job effectively.


Morgan Paul

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
Based in Hamilton, DeLaval is the world’s largest developer, manufacturer and provider of dairy farming solutions, operating in 100 countries, and Waikato graduate Morgan is responsible for the overall office administration for the senior management team at DeLaval Oceania.


Simone Rust

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Social Sciences graduate Simone Rust is in the people business, and loving it.


Katie Treadway

Geography
Katie Treadaway came to the University of Waikato as a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar to study a Bachelor of Social Sciences, majoring in Geography and Environmental Planning.


Waikato's Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. Composed largely as a research-orientated degree, the BSocSc covers contemporary and relevant areas of study such as employment relations, social policy and environmental planning.

You'll develop invaluable research capabilities and skills in information gathering, analysis, reporting and informed decision making under the expert guidance of our world-recognised researchers.

We offer a range of exciting subjects and specialisations to choose from. Two of our major subjects – Geography and Sociology – are ranked among the top 250 in the world (QS Rankings).

This degree may also be studied at the University of Waikato in Tauranga.

Career opportunities

  • Community Health Worker
  • Demographer
  • Diplomat
  • Economist
  • Employment Relations Advocate
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Ethics Adviser
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Iwi or Māori Resource Development Officer
  • Policy Analyst

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Years 3
Points 360
Domestic Fees $5,879-$6,786 per year
International Fees $23,235 - $29,470 per year

Subjects

These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Social Sciences

TITLE TYPE
Accounting
Agribusiness
Animal Behaviour
Anthropology
Applied Computing
Biochemistry
Biological Sciences
Biotechnology
Chemistry
Chinese
Computer Science
Earth Sciences
Economics
Education Studies
Electronic Business
Electronics
English
English as a Second Language
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Ethics
Finance
French
Geography
German
History
Hospitality Management
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
International Languages and Cultures
International Management
International Relations and Security Studies
Japanese
Labour Studies
Law
Leadership Communication
Linguistics
Maori Media and Communication
Marketing
Materials and Processing
Mathematics
Music
Māori and Pacific Development
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Pacific Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Population Studies
Psychology
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Policy
Sociology
Spanish
Sport and Leisure Studies
Statistics
Strategic Management
Studies in Religion
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies
Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Requirements

The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours (BSocSc(Hons)) involves two semesters of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. The BSocSc(Hons) comprises 120 points at 500 level, of which 30 points must be in research, normally a 30 point disseration or an approved equivalent. The BSocSc(Hons) is awarded with classes of honours.

Entry

In general, to be admitted to the BSocSc(Hons) you must have a B grade average in the 300 level papers of your undergraduate major subject. You need to have majored in the same subject for your undergraduate degree as that in which you intend to enrol at graduate level. In some cases, a substantial undergraduate supporting subject may be a sufficient prerequisite.

A number of the graduate subjects/programmes are interdisciplinary in nature, and may accept students with appropriate undergraduate majors in other relevant subjects. Admission criteria may vary so please consult the appropriate programme Graduate Adviser for their specific admission criteria.

BSocSc(Hons) Subjects:

  • Anthropology
  • Demography
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Labour Studies
  • Maori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Maori
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Resources and Environmental Planning
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Notes(s): The undergraduate subject of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (IR & HRM) is an interdisciplinary major of related papers which at graduate level exists as a stream within Labour Studies. Similarly, Tourism Studies is a stream within

Geography

International Relations and Security Studies although not available for honours, may be taken as a subject for the postgraduate diploma.

Flexibility

You may take up to 60 points from other subjects, of which up to 30 points may be taken from outside the subjects listed for the degree. You should discuss your intended programme of study with the Graduate Adviser in each of the Faculties or Schools concerned. Some subjects have specific guidelines for numbers and types of papers outside the subject.

The BSocSc adopts a practical approach with subject-specific experiences and opportunities available to you. This includes environmental planning field trips, labs for studying animal behaviour and the Traffic and Road Safety (TARS) lab for studying driving behaviour.

Many of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ degrees offer work placement opportunities or projects with businesses and community groups. In most cases, these can count towards your programme of study.

Visit our work placement page to find out more.

You will be eligible to apply for this degree if you have University Entrance and meet any additional requirements for the qualification. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Some first-year papers may have specific prerequisites, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully. If you do not meet the prerequisites, please contact wfass@waikato.ac.nz as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080
Email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

Degree Structure

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
100 LEVEL 200 LEVEL 300 LEVEL
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100 LEVEL
100 LEVEL
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Supporting Subject
Major
Elective Paper

Within their overall programme, students must complete at least 35 points, including at least 20 points above 100 level, from a list of methodology papers.

BSocSc Degree Regulations
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