Postgraduate Study in Social Science, Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sport (SSPRTS) at Lincoln University.
The SSPRTS Department aims to create and maintain a strong postgraduate programme and a culture which is supportive of students and staff. The postgraduate programme is designed to provide opportunities in which diverse aspects of social science, tourism, recreation and parks can be investigated, critically evaluated, and discussed – within an environment which fosters independent thinking, a collaborative work ethic, and research excellence.
The Department’s postgraduate programmes encompass the multi- and interdisciplinary study of a wide range of phenomena and human activities. Academic staff members have research and teaching backgrounds in disciplinary and applied social sciences, including geography, sociology, psychology, history, policy studies, urban and regional planning, outdoor recreation, sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism studies. A significant focus of the Department is the social scientific aspects of parks, recreation and tourism, and Lincoln University has New Zealand’s longest established programme in this field of study. The research, teaching and supervision skills of the Department’s staff are complemented by social scientists in other Departments and Faculty of the University who specialise in environmental management, design, rural studies, transport studies, economics and business.
The general structure of the SSPRTS Department’s programmes comprises a suite of postgraduate courses which educate you in the central theoretical, methodological and substantive topic areas of social science, parks, recreation, tourism and sport. We purposely offer a modest number of courses, some mandatory core and some elective, to ensure that students from a variety of backgrounds are given the chance to share different perspectives on the topics under study. Postgraduate courses are taught mainly as seminars and you are able to pursue your own interests informed by the content of each course.
Following the completion of course work, you can pursue your thesis or dissertation research in conjunction with supervisors who have similar research interests and backgrounds. Additional information on the opportunities for SSPRTS thesis research students can be found in Opportunities for SSPRTS thesis research students.
Postgraduate students come from our own undergraduate degrees as well as from commerce, the social and biological sciences, the humanities and physical education. We currently have international students from China, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Austria, Spain, UK, Canada, USA and Brazil. There is a wide range of ages and many have diverse work experience.
Postgraduate study can be hugely satisfying, in terms of personal achievements, future employment and social relationships. The potential exists here for you to excel in your chosen area, and make a serious contribution to the fields of social science, tourism, recreation and parks. In our view, international job markets are increasingly looking for people who are equipped to deal with complex problems - people who can work and think independently, and who have research skills. Postgraduate study in SSPRTS develops these attributes. It can also lead to the forging of life-long friendships and social networks that span the world.