Social Policy

Social Policy is about government policies and programmes associated with the social sector.

This sector includes health, education, social welfare, housing, and help for disadvantaged groups.

Studying in this area involves learning about the special characteristics of these sectors and policies designed to help people.

This includes learning about social issues that governments try to address.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Social policy analyst
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Journalist
  • Politician
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

147% of national
median earnings


Employment

65%
Employed
3%
Unemployed
20%
Further study
12%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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