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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.
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.
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) orSchedule V (BA) orSchedule C orE (BCJ). Students with at least 60 pts in appropriate courses may enter with permission of HSRV PC.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences Head of Department
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.