Social Policy (2018)
Social Policy provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective on key social issues of policy concern and opens up possibilities of employment in areas such as governmental social policy agencies, local bodies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.
Students may choose from a combination of core and elective papers in Economics, Education Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Political Science and Public Policy, Population Studies, Social Science Research, Sociology, and Work, Employment and Society which, when combined, offer theoretical and applied approaches to the study of social policy issues.
Social Policy is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Social Policy may also be taken as a second major or as a minor with other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Social Policy as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Social Policy, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include SOCPY100, SOCPY200, SOCPY201, SOCPY300 and SOCPY301.
To complete Social Policy as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Social Policy, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include SOCPY100, SOCPY200, SOCPY300 and SOCPY301.
To complete a minor in Social Policy students must complete SOCPY200, SOCPY300 and a further 30 points from the papers listed for the Social Policy major.
Enquiries about undergraduate, diploma and graduate programmes in Social Policy should be directed to the Programme Convenor.
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- Prescriptions for the GradCert(SocPol) and GradDip(SocPol)
- Prescriptions for the PGCert(SocPol), PGDip(SocPol) and BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc
- Prescriptions for the PhD
- 100 Level
- 200 Level
- 300 Level
- 500 Level
- 900 Level
Prescriptions for the GradCert(SocPol) and GradDip(SocPol)
A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Social Policy at an advanced level in their first degree. Each programme of study for the Graduate Certificate must include SOCPY200 and SOCPY300. Each programme of study for the Graduate Diploma must include SOCPY200, SOCPY300, SOCPY304 and 40 further points at 300 level in Social Policy.
For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(SocPol), PGDip(SocPol) and BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in a BSocSc(Hons) in Social Policy, a student should normally have at least a B average in SOCPY300 and two other 300 level papers. Students who do not meet this requirement should discuss their proposed programme of study with the Programme Convenor prior to confirming their enrolment.
To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Social Policy, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally SOCPY591), SOCPY506, SOCPY508, and SOCIO502.
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Social Policy, a student should have completed either:
a) a BSocSc with a major in Social Policy (or equivalent) with at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board, or
b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Social Policy (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).
Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Social Policy vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including SOCPY506, SOCPY508, SOCIO502, one of SSRES503 or SSRES504 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.
To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average to be admitted to SOCPY592 or SOCPY593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to SOCPY594.
Prescriptions for the PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ARTSC110 Old Worlds - New Worlds 18A (Hamilton) This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds. ARTSC111 Social Science Theory and Action 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga) This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines. ECONS102 Economics and Society 18B (Hamilton) This paper introduces selected economic models, with a focus on developing and applying critical thinking skills to a range of business and social issues and to economic policies. LABST100 Work, Employment and Society 18B (Hamilton) The purpose of this paper is to focus on the interdisciplinary account of the changing forms and social contexts of work from ancient times to the present and beyond. POLSC102 New Zealand Politics and Policy 18B (Hamilton) This paper provides a foundation for the study of political science and public policy, with a particular focus on the study of government, politics and policy in New Zealand. SOCIO101 Introduction to Sociology 18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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. SOCPY100 Introduction to Social Policy 18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EDSOC200 Education and New Zealand Society 18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga) This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects. It examines how the interrelationships between education and society change over time. LABST201 Employment Relations in New Zealand 18A (Hamilton) This paper examines the employment relations legislation and its impact on employers, unions and workers. Other issues considered include occupational health and safety, industrial training and practice of employment relations POLCY212 Power, Politics and Policy Analysis 18B (Hamilton) 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. POPST201 Population Studies 18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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. SOCIO202 Class, Race, Gender 18A (Hamilton) This paper presents sociological theories which examine gender, class, and race and how power is distributed within and across these categories. It uses class theory and intersectionality to explore and explain the complex interconnections between them. SOCPY200 Social Policy and Social Issues 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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. SOCPY201 Social Policy, Families and Children 18A (Hamilton) & 18A (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. SOCWK205 Community Development 18A (Tauranga) This paper critically explores the evolution, dimensions and practice of community development in Aoteoroa New Zealand including Maori development. It also focuses on the strategies, skills and tools necessary for community development practice.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ECON315 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 18A (Hamilton) An examination of the economics of sustainable development, resource use, pollution control and the conservation of the environment, including practical applications. FASS396 Work Placement 18D (Block) This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field. LBST301 Globalisation and International Development 18A (Hamilton) This paper examines the impact of globalisation on labour across both developed and developing countries. Assignments focus on the application of comparative methods. LBST331 Education, Skill and Employment 18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online) This paper provides an examination of current policies, issues and institutions in workers' education and training. Assignments are designed to help students acquire practical skills for employment in industry training, areas relevant to labour studies or in related policy development and analysis. POLS318 Global Environmental Politics and Policy 18A (Hamilton) The aim of this paper is to understand and critically evaluate the development of environmental policy and the politics of environmental policy processes in the international arena. POPS302 Exploring Population Change 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (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. SOCP302 Social Policy 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga) This paper focuses on developing a critical approach to the formulation, content and implementation of New Zealand social policy in an international context. It examines a variety of contemporary policy domains, all of which, in some way, affect the wellbeing of children and families. The paper provides knowledge and skills relevan... SOCP304 Health, Wellbeing and Policy 18B (Hamilton) This paper gives a sociological and policy dimension to health, wellbeing and policy from a critical perspective. SOCP389 Directed Study 18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton) Students with a B+ average may, with the approval of the programme convenor and the proposed supervisor, undertake an individual programme of study within the field of Social Policy. SOCP390 Directed Study 18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton), 18T (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton) Students with a B+ average may, with the approval of the programme convenor and the proposed supervisor, undertake an individual programme of study within the field of Social Policy. SOCW305 Community Development 18A (Tauranga) This paper critically explores the evolution, dimensions and practice of community development in Aoteoroa New Zealand. It also focuses on the knowledge, skills and tools necessary for community development practice, including the key factors and the role of Iwi, hapu and Whanau in Maori development. SOCY301 Contemporary Social Theory: A Praxis Approach 18B (Hamilton) An analysis of some of the major contemporary issues in sociological theory. SOCY311 Criminology: A Sociological Introduction 18B (Online) This paper examines sociological explanations of deviance and crime and examines issues in the field of criminology. WGST303 Gender, State and Public Policy 18B (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to feminist political theory concerned with issues of state, policy, equality/equity, social justice, rights and representation.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location DSOE557 Research Methods 18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Online) & 18S (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. LBST531 Advanced Employment Relations 1: The Employment Relations Framework 18A (Hamilton) Students will be expected to analyse and to discuss the Employment Relations Act in its social and economic context and also to focus on specific issues such as good faith bargaining. LBST532 Advanced Employment Relations 2: Current Policies and Practices 18B (Hamilton) The paper is concerned with a number of topics of contemporary relevance to New Zealand employment relations, and in particular issues of labour market flexibility, employment equity, employee participation, employee health and safety and workplace privacy. LBST541 Labour, Education and Training 1: Issues and Policies 18A (Hamilton) This paper explores issues related to the restructuring of tertiary education in New Zealand. Students will gain a thorough understanding of current issues in adult education and training and become familiar with a wide range of contemporary policy documents. PCSS508 Education Policy and Society 18A (Hamilton) A critical analysis of educational policies and practices, with particular references to New Zealand. POLS501 The Policy Process and Policy Analysis 18A (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to theoretical perspectives on policy analysis and the policy process providing a conceptual tool-kit for the practice of, and higher level research in, public policy. POLS537 Environmental Politics and Public Policy 18A (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to the complexities and challenges of environmental policy processes, and develops skills in scholarly research on environmental policy making. A significant focus of the paper is on analysing and understanding the complex intersections of institutions, culture, science and technology, and systems of ... POPS508 Population Health and Equity 18B (Hamilton) This paper explores population health within particular communities, emphasising the broader determinants of population health and social equity. It introduces students to aspects of epidemiology, considers demographic and social science perspectives, and explores the relationship between health, community and society. It examines ... PSYC511 Evaluation Research Design 18A (Hamilton) This paper provides a theoretical grounding in programme evaluation, with an emphasis on the evaluation of programmes in the not-for-profit sector. Emphasis is placed on qualitative methods, collaborative approaches and evaluation as a strategy of incremental social change. PSYC513 Evaluation Research Analysis 18C (Block) This paper provides an introduction to evaluation praxis with a major focus on completing a small scale evaluation of a social service or health programme. Such roles as consultant, advocate, liaison and technician are part of the skills students experience. Engagement with the client through refining and negotiating an evaluation ... SOCP508 Techniques for Policy Analysis 18B (Hamilton) This paper exposes students to a selection of techniques in the policy toolkit that can be applied to problem solving in social policy issues. It also reflects on the values and assumptions underlying methods. Students wil be taught to apply policy methods critically and in context. SOCP589 Directed Study 18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton) Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook. SOCP590 Directed Study 18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton) Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook. SOCP591 Dissertation 18C (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. SOCP592 Dissertation 18C (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. SOCP593 Social Policy Thesis 18C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. SOCP594 Social Policy Thesis 18C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. SOCY502 Society, Economy and State 18A (Hamilton) This half paper brings Sociological theory and Social Policy practice together in a paper that is grounded in a praxis approach. Students will be expected to think critically and deeply about the nature and dynamic of structures and regulatory frameworks of contemporary capitalism, and to think actively about how social change occu... SOCY505 Globalisation and Social Movements 18B (Hamilton) Within the context of an analysis of the neoliberal policy framework and global capitalism; this half paper focuses on the merging social movements of the 21st century. Initial focus will be placed on the anti-globalisation movement, but in the context of a range of related movements especially the labour movement, new peasant move... WGST507 Gender, Policy and Development 18B (Hamilton) The purpose of this paper is to facilitate students' understandings of, and critical reflections on, policy and practice relevant to gender and development, and to simultaneously enhance their skills in research and gender analysis.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location SOCP900 Social Policy PhD Thesis 18C (Hamilton) No description available.
2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 January 2020 2:00pm