Courses - Faculty of Arts


Sociology

Stage I

SOCIOL 100
15 Points

Issues and Themes in Sociology

Introduction to sociology as a discipline and a review of some of its internal debates. Topics include: social class, gender, globalisation, power, sexual identity and family. Draws on material from a range of societies.

SOCIOL 101
15 Points

SOCIOL 101G
15 Points

Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand

Provides an introduction to the sociological analysis of New Zealand society. Looks at familiar events, institutions, social processes from a sociological point of view and offers ways to understand them in new and different ways. Focuses on the structure of New Zealand society and on social and political changes which affect the lives of New Zealanders and shape their society.

SOCIOL 103
15 Points

New Zealand Social Policy and Social Justice

Provides an overview of key contemporary social policy issues within the context of globalising economic processes and continuing gendered and racialised divisions. Discusses the way in which debates around social policy are constructed and the implications this has for social justice. Case studies may include food and health, technology, indigeneity and children.

SOCIOL 105
15 Points

Cultural Studies and Society

A cultural studies approach to social life focuses on the way we experience the world, taking account of what we see, what we hear, what we consume and how we communicate. Sociological theory will be explored through investigating different cultural forms including film, advertising, art, social media, sport, and video games.

Stage II

SOCIOL 200
15 Points

Sociological Theory

An introduction to the major themes of social theory. The focus is on the analyses of modern society to be found in the works of classical and contemporary social analysts.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass

SOCIOL 203
15 Points

Social Reality and Ideology

Sociologists construe ideology as ideas that conceal social inequalities. This course explores the meaning of ideology and some of its related concepts, such as hegemony, discourse, and subjugation. It then critically analyses some of the most pervasive contemporary ideologies. Although not exhaustive, examples include beliefs about personal responsibility, corporate job creators, faith in technology, and crime and deviance.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed from BA courses

SOCIOL 204
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass

SOCIOL 205
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass

SOCIOL 206
15 Points

Sociology for Auckland

Auckland is located in Aotearoa New Zealand but is not always of Aotearoa New Zealand. By virtue of geography, history, and size, Auckland is a unique social setting, with an uneasy relationship to the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand (and beyond). This course examines the differences in class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other social factors that make Auckland “special”.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass

Restriction: SOCIOL 106

SOCIOL 207
15 Points

Sociology of Gender and Families

Focuses on the interrelationship between gender, sexuality and families in New Zealand and other Western societies. Through an examination of important moments in the life course of families – for example, partnering and parenting – it explores changes and continuities in the gendered norms, identities, practices and patterns that characterise contemporary family life.

Prerequisite: 30 points in Sociology or Gender Studies or 60 points passed

Restriction: SOCIOL 214, SOCIOL 222

SOCIOL 208
15 Points

Economy and Society

Examines the changing relations between work and life outside of paid employment. Particular attention is paid to new forms of expropriation that profit from claiming private ownership of collective effort, ideas and cultural forms. These developments are crucial to understanding and contesting social inequality, globalisation, organisational restructuring and new technologies. Course material is drawn from international literatures and is grounded in an understanding of contemporary New Zealand.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass, or 30 points in International Relations and Business

SOCIOL 210
15 Points

Colonisation, Globalisation and Social Justice

Charts the political, economic, cultural and ecological consequences of imperialism, colonisation, globalisation, aid and development, up to and including the IMF/World Bank's neoliberalism and structural adjustment programme. It pays particular attention to violence (physical, psychological and ideological), environmental consequences and health impacts in these contexts.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass or LATINAM 100 or SPANISH 103, or 30 points in Global Politics and Human Rights

SOCIOL 211
15 Points

Sociology of Popular Culture

Popular culture appears to be everywhere, but what political and social effects might all this popular entertainment have on us? This course seeks to answer such questions through a sociological interpretation of popular culture as both an indicator of social change and as a location of meaning and significance. Topics include reality TV, celebrities, consumption, music, and technology.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology, or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a B+ or higher, or 30 points from COMMS 100, FTVMS 100, 101, MEDIA 101, or 30 points from Comparative Literature

SOCIOL 213
15 Points

Ethnicity and Identity

Charts the development of the concepts of racial, national, ethnic and indigenous identities in relation to the histories of modernity and colonisation and then uses these concepts to analyse a range of contemporary issues of identity and belonging.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass

SOCIOL 228
15 Points

Special Topic: Sociology of Migration

Examines international migration in the context of the modern world economy, its impact on global cultures and its relationships with ideologies such as nationalism and racism. The focus is on the Pacific Rim region, but in the context of, and in comparison with, other parts of the world.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass

Restriction: SOCIOL 224, 306

SOCIOL 229
15 Points

Environmental Sociology

Environmental sociology provides insight into the complex social processes that define, create and even threaten our natural environment. This course gives tools with which to think sociologically about environmental issues, such as understanding how environmental issues come to be seen as environmental problems, and how political, cultural, and economic factors have come to shape our interaction with the natural environment.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 30 points from ENVSCI 101, 201, GEOG 102, 205

Stage III

SOCIOL 300
15 Points

Sociology of Science and Technology

A survey of theoretical and practical approaches to understanding the relationship between technology and society. Topics studied include: technology and social theory, technology and subjectivity, the politics of artefacts and the impacts of new social media.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology

Restriction: SOCIOL 311

SOCIOL 301
15 Points

Critical Theory and Society

Critical theory seeks to understand the multiple contradictions of society and to offer roadmaps for progressive social change. This course explores foundational ideas in the tradition of critical theory and in contemporary critical thought. Critical theories are situated in the social and historical contexts from which they arise and are scrutinised for their relevance to contemporary struggles for social justice.

Prerequisite: SOCIOL 200 or 30 points above Stage I in BA or Global Studies courses

SOCIOL 305
15 Points

Special Topic

SOCIOL 306
15 Points

Sociology of Migration

Examines international migration in the context of the modern world economy, its impact on global cultures and its relationships with ideologies such as nationalism and racism. The focus is on the Pacific Rim region, but in the context of, and in comparison with, other parts of the world.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology or 15 points at Stage II in Sociology and 30 points at Stage II in BA courses

Restriction: SOCIOL 224, 228

SOCIOL 307
15 Points

The Pacific in the World

Brief history of post Second World War theories of economic development; Wallerstein and elements of modern world system; modern world system; and patterns of development in the Pacific; linkages between core and semi-periphery Britain, US, East Asia and Aotearoa New Zealand and Samoa/Cooks and Tuvalu; limitations of world systems models.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Global Environment and Sustainable Development or Sociology

SOCIOL 310
15 Points

Researching Social Problems

Develops skills in integrating theory and methods so that students can critically engage with social problems using a sociological lens both inside and outside the university.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology or 60 points passed at Stage II from BA courses

SOCIOL 315
15 Points

Law, Inequality and the State

Examines, in a comparative mode, how law as a set of social relations and categories can both create and remedy inequalities of gender, race, and class.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology or 15 points from CRIM 201, 202 or 30 points at Stage II in Global Politics and Human Rights

Restriction: SOCIOL 215

SOCIOL 316
15 Points

Critical Theories of Schooling

Compulsory schooling in western society has traditionally been seen as a significant instrument of socialisation, progression and economic advancement for young people. The course will engage students in ideas which challenge this view by drawing on critical theories such as Labelling, Marxist, Foucauldian, and Anarchist theory, and exploring topics including colonialism, patriarchy, racism, and the social control of youth.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology

SOCIOL 317
15 Points

Changing Welfare State Policies

Examines the differing origins and possible futures of welfare states. Using a range of theoretical viewpoints, the course considers the historical shift from a Keynesian welfare state to a neo-liberal state and questions whether recent ‘Third Way’ policies provide a solution to future welfare needs. The course is comparative, but will concentrate mostly on Aotearoa New Zealand.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in International Relations and Business or Sociology, or SOCSCIPH 200

SOCIOL 318
15 Points

Sociology of the Media

An exploration of the relationship and patterns of interaction between media, culture and society through an examination of the print and broadcasting media, and advertising in New Zealand.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology, or Media, Film and Television, or Communication

SOCIOL 322
15 Points

A Sociology of Relational Life

Introduces students to new developments in sociology by examining the significance of our relationships to others: intimate partners, friends, acquaintances, and even pets. The course considers the ways relationships are embedded in life through everyday practices, sharing photographs, and telling stories. In so doing, it engages with contemporary debates about the rise of individualism and the decline of family life.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology

SOCIOL 323
15 Points

Sociology of Consumption

Approaches consumption as an economic imperative, a way of life, and a condition of subjectivity. Examining the environmental impact of consumption and conditions under which those who labour to produce the things we consume live, consideration will be given to the symbolic power of consumption and how class, gender, and racial divisions are reproduced through consumption habits.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology

SOCIOL 326
15 Points

Sociology of Violence and Death

Drawing on writings from a variety of intellectual traditions, this course explores the contested nature of violence through an examination of a number of contemporary debates about the causes, agents, consequences, as well as responses to and interventions in, incidents of violence.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology, or 15 points at Stage II in Sociology and CRIM 201 or 202

SOCIOL 330
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology

SOCIOL 333
15 Points

Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine

Presents a conceptual and topical overview of the Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine. Specific topics to be addressed include: the social distribution of disease; the social production of disease; the social construction of 'illness'; the social construction of treatment practices; patient experiences of illness and healthcare; the social organisation of medicine; and alternative visions of healthcare.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology, or SOCSCIPH 200

SOCIOL 334
15 Points

Youth Sociology

Introduces students to literature in the social constructions of youth identity in society by exploring relationships between youth identity, crime, deviance, public policy, media and moral panics, popular culture, class, gender and ethnicity in modern society using 'youth-focused' theoretical and empirical work.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed at Stage II in the BA

SOCIOL 335
15 Points

Sociology of Work and Organisation

Examines political and textual representations in complex organisations. Political readings of organisations emphasise the social forces and institutional frameworks by which sets of actors represent others. Textual readings emphasise ways in which symbolic realities come to stand for material ones. Explores the differing expressions of representation across organisations and the convergence and divergence of political and textual readings.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology

SOCIOL 339
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology

SOCIOL 340
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II in Sociology

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

SOCIOL 700
30 Points

Advanced Problems in Sociological Theory

Addresses contemporary developments and debates in the field of social theory and explores the effect of a range of complex social, cultural, economic and political processes of transformation on human experience and conduct.

Restriction: SOCIOL 733

SOCIOL 701
30 Points

Advanced Skills in Research

Examination of sociological issues in research design, execution, analysis and interpretation. Particular attention is paid to computer assisted data and benefits of employing multiple methods.

Restriction: SOCSCRES 702, 703

SOCIOL 703
30 Points

Sociology of Mental Health

Interrogates advanced sociological theories of medicine and psychiatry, investigating mental health interventions as social, economic, cultural and political projects. Key issues will include The Enlightenment and theories of the self, the rise of science and the 'psy' professionals, institutionalisation and community care, current sociological theories of mental health, the medicalisation of everyday life, and gender, race and mental illness.

SOCIOL 706
30 Points

Special Topic: The Sociology of Disasters

Disasters are increasing in scale, cost, frequency and severity. This course examines their causes and consequences and considers their future avoidance. In doing so it draws on social theory, Science and Technology Studies, and broad literatures on disaster. Topics include: the risk society thesis, the social patterning of disasters, and the political economy of disasters (disaster capitalism).

SOCIOL 707
30 Points

Special Topic

SOCIOL 709
30 Points

Special Topic

SOCIOL 713
30 Points

Sociology of Law: Human Rights

Examines recent developments in the sociology of human rights within the study of law and society. Sociological thinking can offer a critical examination of international rights thought and practice, addressing the place of rights discourse in law and literature, feminist issues, indigenous rights, the place of rights in critical race theory and for refugees.

SOCIOL 718
30 Points

Research Projects: Design and Practice

Explores some of the major principles of research design and practice before discussing particular methods of research. Students will work through problem definition, literature review, research design and a small supervised research project. Both 'empirical' and 'theoretical' projects will be encouraged.

Restriction: SOCIOL 731, SOCSCRES 701

SOCIOL 728
30 Points

Family, Gender and the State

The influence of changing ideologies of mothering, fathering, family and work, as well as the political forces and pressure groups that promote them, on both the development and restructuring of social and legal policies in several industrialised nations, including New Zealand.

SOCIOL 732
30 Points

Tourism and Heritage

Tourism is one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries. This course examines tourism's intersection with 'heritage', considering the political economy of tourist development, the tourist gaze, commodified 'authenticity' and cultural conflicts in tourism.

SOCIOL 735
30 Points

Current Debates in Gender and Sexuality

Traces contemporary sociological debates in the analysis of gender and sexuality. This includes reference to feminist concerns with identities, differences, bodies, power and agency. These issues are taken up and explored through an examination of practices enacted on/or through sexed bodies.

SOCIOL 736
30 Points

Renegotiating Citizenship

Changing economic, political and social realities in Western societies have challenged traditional notions of citizenship. This course critically examines emerging debates in citizenship studies that consider how shifting political ideologies, welfare state reform, increasing cultural diversity and globalisation impact on citizenship at both theoretical and policy levels.

SOCIOL 737
15 Points

Special Topic

SOCIOL 738
15 Points

Directed Study

SOCIOL 739
30 Points

Directed Study

SOCIOL 740
30 Points

Modern Times, Modern Crimes

Sociology sees itself as being centrally concerned with the question of modernity. However, until recently, it has avoided active scholarly engagement with modernity's underbelly: war, genocide and torture. This course argues that rather than appearing as peripheral aberrations they are central to the project of modernity. Special attention will be paid to the roles played by science and technology in the production of inhumanity.

SOCIOL 742
30 Points

Deviance and Social Control

Examines cultural, medical and sociological explanations of deviant behavior. Particular attention is given to the manner in which social control has historically functioned in relation to race, class, gender, colonialism and sexuality, and the means by which individuals and groups have been politically, socially and culturally marginalised.

SOCIOL 743
15 Points

Special Topic

SOCIOL 745
30 Points

Sociology of Science and Technology

Starting from the premise that science is a social phenomenon, this course investigates how science is shaped by norms, institutions, beliefs and other social forces. It asks students to consider how the human world affects science, and how science affects the human world.

SOCIOL 746
30 Points

Settler Societies and Indigenous Peoples

Critically examines settler colonialism and the contemporary politics and practices of recognition and reconciliation between indigenous and settler peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA. The course examines the literatures on settler colonialism and contemporary practices of recognition and apology, as well as the work of courts, tribunals, governments and indigenous communities across these four societies.

SOCIOL 747
30 Points

Political Ecology of Youth and Crime

Focuses on the social processes that underpin the relationship between individual agency, identity and the broader political ecology of crime as it relates to youth and crime. These will be explored by examining youth offending and criminalisation, victimisation, the media and representations of youth crime and young people's engagement with youth justice policy and practice.

SOCIOL 748
30 Points

Critical Theory and Social Change

Investigates the social forces and forms of thought currently producing progressive social change out of the contradictory realities of the existing social situation. Considers the immanent possibilities for radical change at the present moment of late capitalism, the grounds on which social change might be justified and the practical steps that might be taken to realise them.

SOCIOL 790
30 Points

SOCIOL 790A
15 Points

SOCIOL 790B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCIOL 790 A and B, or SOCIOL 790

SOCIOL 792
45 Points

SOCIOL 792A
22.5 Points

SOCIOL 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCIOL 792 A and B, or SOCIOL 792

SOCIOL 794
60 Points

SOCIOL 794A
30 Points

SOCIOL 794B
30 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCIOL 794 A and B, or SOCIOL 794

SOCIOL 796A
60 Points

SOCIOL 796B
60 Points

Thesis

Prerequisite: A BA(Hons) in Sociology with at least a B+ average

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCIOL 796 A and B

SOCIOL 797A
60 Points

SOCIOL 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in SOCIOL 797 A and B

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