SOCI363-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Investigating Social Worlds

30 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 course provides students with 'hands on' experiential learning in conducting, and participating in, life stories and focus group research. Students will gain skills in one-to-one interviewing, focus group interviews, research ethics, transcript analysis and reflexive research practice.


Any 30 points at 200 level from ANTH or
SOCI, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


SOCI340, SOCI341

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 14:00 - (23/3, 20/4, 4/5-25/5)
E12 (17/2-16/3)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 26 Apr
4 May - 31 May
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 24 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
02 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 24 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

Tiina Vares


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Life story research journal (entry 1) 13 Mar 2020 20%
Personal narrative 03 Apr 2020 25%
Analytic footnote 03 Apr 2020 10%
Human Ethics application exercise 22 May 2020 20% Students will complete a human ethics application for a proposed project which explores high school students’ experiences of sexuality education using focus groups. Some of the questions on the application will be filled out by Tiina – the remainder are for students. This exercise will give students hands-on experience with filling out the UC human ethics application and further develop their understanding of ethical issues in research, specifically with respect to the use of focus groups for ‘sensitive’ topics. The application – which includes an information sheet and consent form – will be available on LEARN from the beginning of term 2.
Thematic analysis 29 May 2020 25% Essay - The essay question will be posted on LEARN at the beginning of term 2 and is due at the end of Term 2

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,553.00

International fee $6,750.00

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

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All SOCI363 Occurrences

  • SOCI363-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020