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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

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SSRES200Social Science Research Methods18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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.

500 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative Research18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an advanced investigation of the conduct of qualitative interviewing culminating in students undertaking their own tape-recorded in-depth interviews.
SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey Research18A (Hamilton)
This paper has been designed to explore quantitative approaches to research with a particular focus on structured and semi-structured data collection techniques. It is intended that students gain a first hand appreciation of the practical aspects of the survey approach as well as a critical view of its appropriateness, strengths an...
SSRP505Issues in Social Science ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SSRP594Social Science Research ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

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Subject links

Societies and Cultures 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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