Qualification
Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) (Closed to New Enrolments)


Qualification code OP702052

Are you interested in culture and society and how people make sense of their place in a changing world? This major will give you a broad understanding of social change and contemporary issues. You will learn about the complex challenges facing society today such as rising inequality, climate change, and fair trade versus free trade. The course materials are based on internationally leading content from the Open University UK and supplemented with New Zealand material. They will teach you how to think critically, research effectively, interpret complex issues and communicate clearly.



  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $13,140 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

New Students

From 23 October 2016 we are no longer accepting new student enrolments in the Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences).

Existing Students

If you started studying this version of the Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) OP702052 with Open Polytechnic from October 2012 you can continue to enrol in this qualification but must complete all required courses by Trimester 3, 2022.. Please continue to enrol in your next courses as normal from the ‘choose courses’ tab.

If you began studying this qualification before 11 September 2012, please click here to view enrolment information.

Please be assured that while Open Polytechnic will no longer be offering this qualification, it will continue to be recognised by NZQA, employers and industry.

Completing your courses

We will be progressively closing individual courses for enrolment until we stop offering the degree completely. Please note below the final trimesters we will be offering the following compulsory courses:   

Course 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

74112

Trimester 1 Trimester 1        

74113

Trimester 2 Trimester 2        
74208
(60 credit course)

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74306
(60 credit course)

Trimester

1 & 2

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1 & 2

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1 & 2

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1 & 2

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will:

  • know about a variety of contemporary social issues and a number of theoretical approaches
  • understand a range of methodologies for describing and explaining social phenomena
  • be able to apply your interdisciplinary skills to various social contexts
  • have creative problem-solving skills
  • have strong communication and analytical skills
  • be able to critically consider the role of social and political values in
    contemporary society.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for career opportunities in community development, policy analysis and evaluation, education and research, journalism, political advocacy and social services work.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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