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Social Science Research

Social Science Research is the activity of gathering, analysing and interpreting information for a variety of social, economic, educational and political purposes.

Social Science Research is not offered as an undergraduate major or supporting subject. Students who commenced a Social Science Research major in 2011 or prior should contact the School of Social Sciences for advice.

Social Science Research papers consider the principles of effective design of social science research projects with both quantitative and qualitative approaches. They contribute to a number of specialist subject areas within the School of Social Sciences.

A competent social researcher has a critical appreciation of contemporary society and social issues based on a sound foundation of social theory and research methodology. Researchers need a critical understanding of a range of social research methods and styles. Social research design encompasses not only theoretical and methodological but also ethical considerations relating to respect for the rights and welfare of all parties involved in the research.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SSRES200Social Science Research Methods15.024B (Online)
This paper introduces the core research methods used in the social sciences. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are introduced, along with consideration of aspects such as ethics and the Treaty of Waitangi.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SSRES300Making Commentary on the Digital Economy15.024B (Hamilton)
The purpose of this paper is to develop the analytical and writing skills of students, allowing them to make commentary on the socio-political and ethical issues relating to the digital economy.

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Sociology and Social Policy Programme


School of Social Sciences
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4138
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