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BSocSc
Bachelor of Social Sciences

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. 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.

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Depending on what area of interest or major subject you choose, your BSocSc will be taught by one of three areas:

School of Arts and School of Social Sciences

As a Bachelor of Social Sciences student you will explore the drivers and influences behind humanity and why society acts in particular ways. You will develop invaluable critical analysis skills, research capabilities and skills in information gathering, analysis, reporting and informed decision making under the expert guidance of our world-recognised researchers.

Graduates will help improve the societies of tomorrow with the ability to look beyond preconceptions, understand the interplay between social forces, economics and politics and equip themselves to drive change. A BSocSc will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it.

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).

The full three years of the BSocSc can be completed in Tauranga. Students can major in Political Science, Psychology, Social Policy and Sociology.

School of Education

Everyone has a stake in the future of learning. The Bachelor of Social Sciences with Te Kura Toi Tangata will develop your expertise in lifelong learning and teaching across all areas of society, including adult education, community development, and workplace learning.

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. 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.

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.

Our teaching staff are experienced, meaning that students benefit from a well-developed grounding in theory and the meaningful practical knowledge needed to succeed.

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.

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies

This degree will help you to develop an appreciation of indigenous and global issues.  An understanding of indigenous topics such as languages, treaties, resource management, sovereignty and equality are all integral in today’s multicultural world.  Couple these learnings with an insight into Tikanga Māori practices to equip you for the diverse workforce in New Zealand and abroad.

You can choose from our subject majors of Pacific and Indigenous Studies or Māori and Indigenous Studies.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
BSocSc Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
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Fees (International): $25,160-$32,750 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculties:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) Overview

This structure applies to study in the School of Arts or School of Social Sciences, starting in 2020.

Year 1

100 Level
Major

100 Level
Major

One from List A:
Academic Foundations

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Elective

Elective

Year 2

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

One from List B:
Cultural Perspectives

One of
SSRES200 or PSYCH211

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

One from List C:
Work-Integrated Learning

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Papers not linked above:

  • SSRES200 Social Science Research Methods
  • PSYCH211 Understanding Psychological Research
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) Overview

This structure applies to study in the School of Education, starting in 2020.

Majors under this School include Digital Learning, Education and Society and Human Development.

Year 1

100 Level
Major

100 Level
Major

One from List A:
Academic Foundations

One of
HMDEV100 or EDSOC101

Elective

Elective

Year 2

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

One from List B

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Papers not linked above

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) Overview

This structure applies to study in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, starting in 2020.

Year 1

100 Level Major

100 Level Major

100 Level
MAORI or PACIS paper

100 Level
MAORI or PACIS paper

Elective

Elective

Year 2

200 Level Major

200 Level Major

200 Level Major

One of
MAORI203 or MAORI303

200 Level
MAORI or PACIS paper

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

300 Level Major

300 Level Major

300 Level Major

300 Level Major

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

*Students should include MAORI300 Working with Indigenous Communities or any other approved Work-Integrated Learning paper.

Papers not linked above

  • MAORI203 Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
  • MAORI303 Critical Indigenous Theory
This information is provisional and subject to change.


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
  • Educational Software Developer
  • Youth or Family Worker
  • Industry Trainer
  • Learning Application Development
  • Social Services Advocate
  • Community Educator

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 recruitment@waikato.ac.nz as there may be other pathways that you can take to study in this field.


Study in Tauranga

Major subjects available in Tauranga are:


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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 dissertation 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
  • Economics
  • Education and Society
  • Environmental Planning
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Maori and Indigenous Studies
  • Pacific and Indigenous Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Population Studies and Demography
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Resources and Environmental Planning
  • Social Policy
  • Sociology

Political Science

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.


Graduate study options


The BSocSc adopts a practical approach with subject-specific experiences and opportunities available.

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

As well as developing skills in class within the School of Educations Social Science degree, all students have the opportunity to apply and extend their learning in a community work placement at 300 level.


Minors available in Tauranga

A selection of subjects are available in Tauranga. As part of your BSocSc You can complete a 60-point minor options in any of these subjects:

Your minor subject study could include some papers that are taught online.


Contacts

School of Arts and School of Social Sciences
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080
Email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

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

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4737 or +64 7 838 4737
Email: fmis@waikato.ac.nz

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: international@waikato.ac.nz

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