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Study social sciences with Te Kura Toi Tangata

A Bachelor of Social Sciences will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. Contemporary social issues and concepts of social responsibility will be explored through teaching, learning and education.

With a focus on critical and creative thinking, ethics, and sustainability, our students gain the transferable skills needed to understand and interpret educational and social trends in Aotearoa and around the world, and apply these across many different professional settings.

Highly sought after by employers, our students develop research skills in information gathering, analysis, reporting, and decision-making under the expert guidance of our world-renowned lecturers.

We see our graduates making a difference in many industries, including for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, health, community and policy development, and local and central government.

Rana Arif is passionate about people and studying a Bachelor of Social Sciences seems to be the perfect fit.

“I have always been interested in people, how they think, and interactions. So as I was looking for study options….. and I found about social sciences and Human Development and from there I did more research and found out that it is exactly what I am passionate about. I decided to double major it with Human Resources and I can see this taking me to places where I can help the wider community as well as give back to my ethnic community.

Majors available

The degree offers social science majors in Human Development, Education and Society, and Digital Learning. It offers minors in Adult Learning, and Relational and Inclusive Practices, along with core papers on teaching and learning.

Human Development

Interested in the study of the human lifespan from conception and birth onwards? Human Development investigates how people develop throughout their lives and how cultural and social settings help to shape what is possible.

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Digital Learning

Technology is now part of everyday life and is increasingly becoming part of our learning environments. With Digital Learning at Waikato you will develop an understanding of the importance it plays in education.

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Education and Society

Education and Society involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, and economic policies, theories and practices of education in New Zealand society.

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Practical Experience

Building on skills developed in class, all students have the opportunity to apply and extend their learning in a community or workplace at 300 level.

Career options

We see our graduates making a difference in many industries, including for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, health, community and policy development, and local and central government.

  • Community health worker
  • Educational software developer
  • Industry trainer
  • Policy Advisor
  • Social Services Advocate
  • International Aid Worker
  • Learning Application Developer
  • Trainer
  • Community Educator

The University of Waikato offers a wide range of programmes in the social sciences. These programmes are offered within the School of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Indigenous Studies. Many of these programmes are complimentary to the programmes offered within the School of Education.  For more information click here.

To find out more contact our team

School of Education
Phone: 0800 924 528 Ext: 4500
Email: teach@waikato.ac.nz