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, Labour Studies, Political Science and Public Policy, Population Studies, Social Science Research, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies 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.
Note: Students who commenced a major in Social Policy in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.
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|ARTSC111||Social Science Theory and Action||18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)|
|This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenters research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences
and their specific disciplines.|
|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. The paper will include presentations by guest speakers who are active in implementing social policies in our community.|
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|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.|
|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.|
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|LBST331||Education, Skill and Employment||18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)|
|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.|
|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...|
|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.|
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 SOCP302 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 SOCP591), SOCP506, SOCP508, and SOCY502.
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) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level Social Policy papers or all of their undergraduate Social Policy papers, or
b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Social Policy (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.
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 SOCP506, SOCP508, SOCY502, one of SSRP503 or SSRP504 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 SOCP592 or SOCP593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to SOCP594.
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|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.|