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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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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 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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18 200-level SOCI points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with SOCI304 passed between 2012-2014.

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator and Lecturer: 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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Semester 2

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 29-34, 36-41