HSRV311-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Qualitative Research Methods

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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 a knowledge and practice in human services. As the nature and scope of research activities and opportunities are diverse within human services settings, this course aims to provide a basis from which students can begin to develop a research culture across diverse contexts. By introducing a range of qualitative research approaches 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. This course will begin by introducing students to the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research, including methodological frameworks, theories, and controversies. Next, students will learn about practical issues encountered in ‘doing’ research. Those practical issues include ethics of the research process; navigating cultures and hard-to-reach groups; data gathering via documents, interviews, and focus groups; and analysing data. Students are encouraged to think critically in terms of applicability for developing ethical research models within diverse contexts/settings.

Learning Outcomes

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.


30 pts at 200 level in HSRV. Any 15pts at 200-level in HSRV & 30 pts at 200 level from Schedule C (BSW) or
Schedule V (BA) or
Schedule C or
E (BCJ). Students with at least 60 pts in appropriate courses may enter with permission of HSRV PC.



Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Karl Popper 612
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
1 Mar - 14 Mar
29 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 16 May

Course Coordinator

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Analysis 30% Due date to be advised
Reflexive journal 30% Due date to be advised
Class participation 10% Due date to be advised
Online test 30% Due date to be advised

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,570.00

International fee $7,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All HSRV311 Occurrences

  • HSRV311-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • HSRV311-21S1 (D) Semester One 2021 (Distance)