Public Sociology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Public Sociology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    18 200-level SOCI points

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

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

    The internship course 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.

    Learning Outcomes
    -To work cooperatively and effectively within a 3?4 member research team
    -To use methodological skills and theoretical insights to define an iterative research topic, which should be negotiated with the client
    -To design a mixed-methods research instrument that meets the needs of the research question
    -To gain experience working within a community agency and conducting oneself as a professional researcher
    -To conduct the research adhering to key ethical principles

    Tolich Martin and Carl Davidson (2011) Getting Started: An Introduction to Research Methods Pearson Education, Auckland.

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