HSRV302-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Qualitative Social Research

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


The development of a research culture in human services is an important challenge for educators, managers, practitioners and students. The creative tension between research, theory and practice is a necessary aspect of human services work and study. A strong research culture contributes significantly to the development of knowledge and practice in human services. Standards of research and human service practice grow and develop in conjunction with field development. As the nature and scope of research activity and opportunity are diverse within the human services settings, this course aims to provide a basis from which students can begin to develop a research culture across the range of contexts. By introducing a range of qualitative research methods and enabling students to experience manageable research assignments, students will become increasingly familiar with the business of research and how it fits within complex and diverse human service systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • Objectives
  • To establish a human services practice research culture by promoting an integrated understanding of the links between human services practice, theory and research.
  • To facilitate a beginning level of competence in research and to encourage students to become research producers.
  • To provide a basic understanding of qualitative research methods.
  • To promote an action-based process of learning whereby students can directly experience research activity.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 30 points of Human Services at 200 level including HSRV204. Students without this prerequisite but with at least 60 points at 200 level or above in appropriate courses may enter the course with the permission of the Programme Coordinator.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 E6 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Rehua 002 Lectorial 25 Feb - 3 Mar
1 Apr - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 19 May

Course Coordinator

Maria-Victoria Perez Y Perez


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Reflexive Journal 30%
Interview Exercise 15%
Analysis Exercise 25%
Online Test 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Liamputtong, Pranee; Qualitative research methods; 4th ed; Oxford University Press, 2013.


Course readings and resources will be available on LEARN

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All HSRV302 Occurrences

  • HSRV302-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019