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BSocSc - Population Studies as a major

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.

Learn about Population Studies through the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis at Waikato and gain a solid, research-led understanding of the population issues facing developed and developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the South Pacific.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $25,160-$32,750 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*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.

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  • Health Sector Analyst
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Degree Planner

Degree planner — BSocSc in Population Studies

Year 1

Any 100 level
paper listed below

Any 100 level
paper listed below

One from List A

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Elective

Elective

Year 2

Any 200 level
paper listed below

Any 200 level
paper listed below

One from List B

PSYCH211 or SSRES200

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

Any 300 level
POPST paper listed below

Any 300 level
POPST paper listed below

Any 300 level
paper listed below

Any 300 level
paper listed below

One from List C

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Population Studies is concerned with the empirical analysis of population structure and trends. The undergraduate programme complements and supports other subjects in the university that are concerned with population by providing training in core concepts, methods and issues.

Population Studies is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Population Studies may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Population Studies as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Population Studies, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include 30 points from the 100 level papers listed, POPST201, and at least 30 points from POPST coded papers at 300 level.

To complete Population Studies as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Population Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include POPST201, and at least 30 points from POPST coded papers at 300 level.

To complete a minor in Population Studies, students must complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for Population Studies, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete POPST201, and at least one POPST coded 300 level paper.

Enquiries about undergraduate programmes in Population Studies should be directed to the undergraduate advisor.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
CSMAX101The World of Data15.021B (Hamilton)
This paper teaches students how to build datasets for analysis in health science, and critically evaluate and effectively present the results of such analyses, using commonly used software such as Excel, R, and SPSS. Students are introduced to issues of privacy, and cultural considerations for Maori and Indigenous health.
GEOGY101People and Place15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Online) & 21B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the rich field of social and cultural geography with links to the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals. A foundation paper for second year papers on contemporary cultural geographies, health geographies, and Maori geographies.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi15.021A (Tauranga) & 21B (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.
SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies.
STATS121Introduction to Statistical Methods15.021A (Hamilton)
An introduction to statistical data collection and analysis. Topics include general principles for statistical problem solving; some practical examples of statistical inference; and the study of relationships between variables using regression analysis.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENVPL202Cartography and Spatial Analysis15.021A (Hamilton)
Confidence in the use of information technologies are essential for most jobs involving geography and environmental planning. Lectures and computer lab exercises involving Excel and ArcGIS provide an introduction to GIS, GPS, cartography, databases, and spatial analysis. This a compulsory paper for the Environmental Planning Degree...
GEOGY209Health, People, Place15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
This paper draws on critical analysis of health, people and place to introduce contemporary developments in socio-cultural geography. Attention is paid to spatial well-being at a range of scales.
HELTH201Epidemiology and Bio-statistics15.021A (Hamilton)
This course provides students with basic understanding of the techniques and uses of epidemiology in preventing poor health, health planning and evaluation.
POLCY212Power, Politics and Policy Analysis15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
This paper introduces students to public policy analysis. Students focus on the role of politics, public participation and policy in addressing society's big problems, how they are framed and defined, and how solutions are developed and implemented within the context of the policy process.
POPST201Population Studies15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
PSYCH211Understanding Psychological Research15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Tauranga)
This paper will cover the basic methodological approaches relevant to psychological and social science research, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and the dissemination of research.
SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Tauranga)
The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.
SOCPY201Social Policy, Families and Children15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
This paper further develops students' theoretical understanding of social policy, while focusing specifically on policy related to families and children, providing insight into the relationships between policy and lived experience.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
GEOGY309Gender, Place and Culture15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper is a forum for debate in critical geographies of difference. Key concerns are intersections between gender, ethnicity, nationality and other social divisions in relation to place and environment.
GEOGY328Geographical Information Systems15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Online) & 21B (Block - Tauranga)
GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is compulsory for the GIS minor and covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is used in the labs and students have the opportunity to instal...
GNSEX303Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a comprehensive review of the historical context for understanding contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social class. It investigates micro and macro level experiences and the social construction of identities. In doing so, this paper looks at how power is distributed in society, the theories that...
POPST300Population Studies Work-related Project15.021X (Hamilton)
This work-related project is mostly a university-based project with a focus on a workplace or community organisation relevant to population studies and research. Projects provide an opportunity to students utilise population studies skills and techniques and to reflect on the relevance of disciplinary knowledge in a professional se...
POPST302Exploring Population Change15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
This paper applies methods for measuring population size, composition and change, which are used extensively for understanding population issues in public policy, human resource planning, forecasting and business planning.
POPST305Migration, Mobilities and Displacement15.021A (Hamilton)
An examination of contemporary international migration with a particular focus on the drivers of migration, the social and structural forces that influence migration and the implications of different modes of governance.
POPST390Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
Research paper with a focus on a population studies topic as agreed in discussion between the student and proposed supervisor.
PSYCH302Community, Culture and Diversity15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Tauranga)
The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are central to community, indigenous and liberation psychologies. Issues covered include inequalities, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability. Key considerations are the broader co...
SOCIO303Technologies, Algorithms and Social Life15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Online)
The purpose of the paper is to develop a sociological analysis of the causes and impacts of new technologies, including the Internet of Things, as well as the increasing role of algorithms and other non-human actors in decision-making. The paper will address a range of issues including the blurring of virtual and real words, the ro...
SOCPY300Social Policy15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (Tauranga)
This paper provides students with experience of the ways in which policy is formulated and enacted. Theoretical perspectives are consolidated and extended to enhance opportunities for employment in the social policy field.
SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (Tauranga)
This paper provides a critical introduction to key issues in the formation of health policy at both a national and international level.

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Subject links

National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA)


Subject Requirements

Full requirements for Population Studies as a single major, part of a double major, or a minor subject are available in the Catalogue of Papers.


Contacts

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Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4040
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