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
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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- 18 200-level SOCI points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- 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.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work's website
- Teaching staff
- Associate Professor Martin Tolich
Tolich, Martin (2018) Public Sociology Capstones: Non-Neolibral Alternatives to Internships, Routledge.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- 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