The social world is changing enormously. New Zealand has shifted from a young, ethnically mono-cultural and somewhat isolated small-scale society to one with a larger, ethnically mixed and aging population open to globalising forces.
The AUT University BA in Social Sciences is the only applied multi-disciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate social sciences program in New Zealand.
The Social Science major integrates the academic content disciplines which otherwise sit alongside each other without the combined aspects being integrated.
We emphasise achievement of graduate outcomes and the generic social research and other skills required to ensure that our graduates achieve these.
This programme attracts attention from both local and overseas students because of its New Zealand content.
Structure and content
During the programme, students will:
- analyse the characteristics of human society
- understand and investigate social change
- demonstrate a critical awareness of the nature and structure of New Zealand and other nations in Asia and the Pacific region
- critically evaluate local, national and international political systems
- critically examine concepts of ethnocentrism.
Social Science study at AUT University involves:
- Developing experience in giving presentations
- Carrying out research projects and analysing data in computer labs
- A 150 hour co-operative education experience in which students are required to relate the academic material learned in their classes to their understanding of a real-world situation.
Throughout the three years of the BA, students take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life.
For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.
145713 Writing or 165600 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
285104 Research and Analysis
287901 Cooperative Education
955203 Communication and Presentation Systems
Social Science papers
285001 Introduction to Psychology A
285006 Introduction to Economics
285007 Introduction to Anthropology
285702 Introduction to Sociology
285706 New Zealand Political Studies
286101 States and Nations
286102 Applied Ethics
286103 Individuals and Identities
286104 Families and Communities
286105 Cultures and Societies
286112 Public Policy
286742 Methods of Social Research
287003 Multicultural Communities
287201 Asian and Pacific Issues
287203 International Relations
287208 Critical Issues in Cultural and Social Psychology
287300 Research Project
287207 Globalisation, Innovation and Change
Co-operative education opportunities
AUT University understand that providing opportunities for industry experience is an important part in preparing students for real world applications of their skills.
Here are some of the work environments our students have experienced:
- Point Research
- NZ Council of Trade Unions
- ASB Bank
This qualification prepares students for careers that involve understanding and working with people and organisations, and for further study in professional fields such as social work and foreign affairs.
There are also career opportunities in:
- Community work
- Local government
- Non governmental organisations
- Policy analysis