HSRV302-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Qualitative Social Research

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


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.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      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.


HSRV204 and any 15 points at 200 level from HSRV or
SOWK, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
Rehua 101 Lectorial (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 17:00 - 18:00 24 Feb - 15 Mar
23 Mar - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
11 May - 17 May
02 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 24 Feb - 15 Mar
23 Mar - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
11 May - 17 May

Course Coordinator

Maria-Victoria Perez Y Perez


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Reflexive Journal 20 Mar 2020 30%
Class participation 10%
Analysis Exercise 08 May 2020 30%
Online Test 28 May 2020 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 $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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

  • HSRV302-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020