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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 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 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Social Science Research papers begin at 200 level.

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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SSRES200Social Science Research Methods20A (Online) & 20B (Hamilton)
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.

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Subject links

Sociology and Social Policy Programme

Subject Requirements

Note: Social Science Research is not offered as a discrete undergraduate major or supporting subject in 2017. Students who commenced a Social Science Research major in 2011 or prior should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for advice.


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