Understanding how society works at an individual, family, community and government level is important if you want to participate in or influence the way decisions are made that impact on our society.
In this major you develop a sound understanding of the interplay between social forces, economics, and politics. This focus will provide a strong platform for exploring societal function, power dynamics, influences on decision making, demographic and behavioural trends, and challenges wrought by economic, political and social disadvantage.
Along with the depth of knowledge and understanding you’ll gain, you’ll develop critical analysis and problem solving skills, which are crucial for the common areas of employment for social sciences graduates, which include the public service, social sector, and community organisations.
This social sciences qualification prepares students for careers that involve understanding and working with people and organisations, and for further study in professional fields such as social work and foreign affairs. Find out more about your post-study career opportunities in this guide.There are also career opportunities in:
The Social Sciences major will encourage you to:
Social Sciences papers
ECON680 NZ Economy: Issues and Policies
PHIL680 Ethics and Society
POLS682 Public Policy
POLS781 International Relations
POLS782 Democratic Participation and Social Action
PSYC580 Introduction to Psychology A
SOSC582 Social Thinking
SOSC583 Social Institutions
SOSC682 Methods of Social Research
SOSC780 Multicultural Communities
SOSC782 Globalisation, Innovation and Change
AUT understands that providing opportunities for industry experience helps students apply their knowledge to the real-world and build useful networks for when they graduate.
Work environments AUT social sciences students have experienced include:
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