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SOCI306 Public Sociology

This internship class provides third year students with their first experience with research in the real world. The course will closely adhere to a research model outlined in the textbook "Getting Started: an introduction to research methods" (Tolich and Davidson, 2011). The internship course is NOT an immersion or community based learning course. It is a research methods extension course allowing students working in groups of four to road test their book learning by researching a project "with" a community group.

Co-ordinator - Associate Professor Martin Tolich

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Details

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 First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
18 200-level SOCI points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with SOCI 304 passed between 2012-2014.
Teaching Arrangements

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

Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Martin Tolich
Textbooks

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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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 16:00-16:50 9-16, 18-22