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MEd - Education and Society as a main subject

This programme is for educational practitioners who are graduates and want to improve their skills, knowledge and career prospects in Education. Developing skills in curriculum, pedagogy or policy development, the benefits include career advancement and the development of expertise in a specific area of educational practice.

Education and Society involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, economic and personal theories and practices of lifelong education.


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Key information

Years: 1.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,185-$7,740 per year
Fees (International): $30,695 (120 pts) or $46,045 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*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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Prescriptions for the PGCert(EdSoc), PGDip(EdSoc), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA, MEd and MSocSc

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Education and Society papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Education and Society papers or all their undergraduate Education and Society papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Education and Society, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PCSS591), EDUCA557 or HISTY516, or both SSRP503 and SSRP504.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MEd, MA or MSocSc in Education and Society, a student should have completed either:

a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Education and Society (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across all 300 level papers.

b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Education and Society (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Education and Society vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research methodology paper, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis, or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ADLNG500Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education20B (Block)
This paper will investigate issues in current theory, policy and practices in adult and tertiary education locally and internationally. In the course of this enquiry, students will be expected to critique multiple perspectives, develop a coherent philosophical base and a research design to address a specific issue.
EDSOC501Education Policy and Society20A (Hamilton)
A critical analysis of educational policies and practices, with particular references to New Zealand.
EDSOC511Curriculum Policy and Possibilities20A (Online) & 20B (Online)
This paper provides a critical theory and practice underpinning for participants interested in curriculum policy, implementation and leadership. Participants engage with educational thought and discourses that shape curriculum policy and possibilities. Contemporary conceptions of citizenship education, and cross-curricular approach...
EDSOC513Educational Thought20A (Online)
This paper aims to interrogate philosophical ideas, values and beliefs by examining their relationship to key concepts in educational practice.
EDSOC533Engaging Families and Communities in Early Years Programmes: Collaborative and Cultural Inquiry Approaches20A (Online)
The paper offers theoretical understandings of working in early years settings that aim to integrate educational opportunities and holistic support for children and families. It offers opportunity to undertake a small research project using a collaborative and cultural inquiry approach to find out about the funds of knowledge resid...
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories20B (Block - Tauranga)
Culturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge.
EDUCA557Research Methods20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online) & 20S (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
EDUCA590Directed Study20I (Hamilton) & 20I (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
EDUCA592Dissertation20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
EDUCA593Education Thesis20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
EDUCA594Education Thesis20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
GLOBE503Indigenous Educational Achievement and Worldview20A (Online)
This paper provides graduates with the opportunity to study the intersection between indigenous philosophies and educational achievement. Students examine topics such as local school-based research, current education institutions, Treaty of Waitangi issues, and theories of education and learning as they involve indigenous people. A...
GLOBE507International Educational Development20B (Block)
This paper explores the relationship between education, poverty and development in international contexts. It critically examines theories, discourses and debates, and considers how education contributes towards sustainable, equitable and peaceful development.
GLOBE587Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education20A (Online)
Globalisation challenges many assumptions about identities and cultures that impact on education. Focusing on narrative research methods, the course critically examines power relations and subjectivity as it considers multiple narratives of identity (eg. personal, gender, ethnic, national immigration).
GLOBE589Global Education and New Media Cultures20B (Online)
This paper critically examines how new media have responded to key issues and challenges facing students, teachers, schools and education systems worldwide, with a focus on students in remote, marginalized and Indigenous communities.
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research20X (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to explore Kaupapa Maori research theory and methodologies, developing more informed and culturally located and responsive research practice, with a particular focus on researching in Maori educational contexts.
MAOED523Maori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses20X (Block - Tauranga)
This paper examines the historical and contemporary politics and practices that have contributed to the current education disparities that affect Maori people in particular, but also the wider fabric of New Zealand society. The paper then considers historical and contemporary policies developed to address these disparities and a nu...

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education
Phone: 0800 924 5286
Email: educ_grad@waikato.ac.nz