Living in Aotearoa

Course code SOC301

The purpose of this online course is to introduce you to key social studies concepts about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens.

Contexts are drawn from the past, present, and future and from places within and beyond Aotearoa New Zealand.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

Fee free offer

The enrolment fees and annual administration fee for this course is currently fee free for New Zealand domestic students and New Zealand citizens living overseas. 

Please read the terms and conditions in the Fee Free Offer Tab on the qualification page. Please disregard the $60 annual administration fee that is showing, this will not be charged.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 3  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Open  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2018 :  
    This course will start on the first Monday of the month you select for enrolment.
  • Delivery type
    2018 :  
    Online only
  • Workload

    All our open courses have a credit value. For each credit, allow about 10 hours of study. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

  • Fees
    2018 :  
    NZ students $0 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Demonstrate understanding of the core principles of social science. Examine a campaign of social action to influence policy change using social studies concepts and giving specific evidence. 
  • Conduct a critical social inquiry using social studies concepts and giving specific evidence.
  • Examine personal involvement in a social action that aims to influence policy change using social studies concepts and giving specific evidence.


This course is 100% internally assessed

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol.