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SOCI306 Public Sociology

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Applying sociological theory and research methodologies in community-based research projects.

The internship paper serves as a bridge for students terminating their degrees by providing them with specific research experience in the community that could prepare them for an entry-level policy analyst position in either the government or an NGO.

Paper title Public Sociology
Paper code SOCI306
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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18 200-level SOCI points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with SOCI 304 passed between 2012-2014.
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Martin Tolich
Teaching Arrangements

One 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial each week.


Tolich, Martin (2018) Public Sociology Capstones: Non-Neolibral Alternatives to Internships, Routledge.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Work cooperatively and effectively within a 3-4 member research team
  • Use methodological skills and theoretical insights to define an iterative research topic, which should be negotiated with the client
  • Design a mixed-methods research instrument that meets the needs of the research question
  • Gain experience working within a community agency and conducting oneself as a professional researcher
  • Conduct the research adhering to key ethical principles

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41