Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology)

On successful completion of this programme, graduates are expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and apply advanced theoretical knowledge relevant to the analysis of social processes, issues and structures in PICs
  2. Evaluate the relevance of social theories in relation to Pacific Island contexts.
  3. Develop concrete ideas on how social theories can be revised to integrate Pacific Island contexts, theorisation and knowledge
  4. Critically evaluate the multiplicity and intersectionality of inequalities at local, regional and global levels, using in-depth relevant social theories.
  5. Design and conduct original social research in an autonomous and independent manner, employing relevant methodologies and methods that are informed by ethical, theoretical, decolonial and reflexive considerations, to critically analyse social issues, practices and policies
  6. Produce a consistent, comprehensive and original piece of academic and sociological research that contributes new knowledge to the discipline
  7. Evaluate the epistemological and political value and challenges of critical methodologies (including feminist, indigenous) to mainstream methodologies
  8. Communicate effectively research proposal and findings using appropriate media and conceptual language to a wide range of audience
  9. Articulate complex ideas in the field of sociology through accurately employing disciplinary terminology and conventions through a dissertation for a scholarly audience
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