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Sociology

176.101 The Sociological Imagination 15 credits
A foundation course in Sociology covering the key substantive aspects of contemporary society e.g. individual and social processes, globalization and social inequalities.
176.102 New Zealand Society 15 credits
An introduction to understanding social life in Aotearoa/New Zealand through the sociological investigation of selected historical and contemporary issues. In particular, social inequalities and their impact on inter-group relations and individual life chances will be explored.
176.203 Development and Social Change: Central Themes 15 credits
An introduction to the history of development theories including modernisation, dependency and world systems. The course uses Pacific case studies to explore how 'development orthodoxies' defined 'problems' and 'solutions' in ways which compromised societies' social, economic, and environmental viability.
176.204 Small Groups 15 credits
An exploration of the behaviours that are involved in small groups of people who share some common purpose. The latest theory and research is combined with case studies of actual group behaviours to investigate the dynamic processes that occur in small groups at work, domestically, socially or recreationally.
176.205 Animals and Human Societies 15 credits
An exploration of relationships between animals and human societies historically and contemporarily. The course will consider ways in which social, political, economic and cultural relationships, institutions and dynamics have shaped and have been shaped by the human - animal configuration.
176.206 Understanding Social Life 15 credits
An introduction to the philosophy of social science as it informs contemporary social scientific knowledge practices, particularly the social research process. In addition to introducing a range of methodologies, the course also surveys the socio-political context of social research.
176.207 Family, Intimacy and Domestic Life 15 credits
Sociological analyses of personal and familial relationships, focussing on both classical and contemporary accounts of intimate and domestic life. Topics covered may include family formation, parenting, intimate relationships, 'dating' and friendship. Particular attention is given to historical and contemporary examples in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
176.216 Understanding Globalisation 15 credits
This course examines the complexity of globalisation through a range of images that sociologists use to understand contemporary global change such as the network society, the knowledge society, the consumer society, the risk society, the fundamentalist society. It also explores how these images are played out within local contexts and personal experiences.
176.218 Race, Nation and Modernity 15 credits
A review of the development of ideas of race and nation from the early modern era in Europe through to their world-wide crisis of the twentieth century. The arrival of ideas about race and nation in colonial Aotearoa New Zealand is outlined. Contemporary attempts to move beyond race, via the concepts of ethnicity and indigeneity, are detailed with an emphasis on this country's cultural politics.
176.219 The Transformation of the Pacific: Central Themes 15 credits
The course will explore social and economic forces which have transformed the social and economic organisation of Pacific societies since 1500; the responses of Pacific societies to these forces, and the ways these have shaped the contemporary condition of the region.
176.221 Ethnicity and Identity: Central Themes 15 credits
The course explores theories from biology, psychology and economics which have been used to explain the origins and extraordinary resilience of ethnicity in societies. It focuses on sociological models which represent ethnicity as a dynamic phenomenon, and examines the processes of ethnic identity acquisition and transformation, and the social, economic, and political consequences of ethnicity for individuals, groups and states.
176.222 Cities in the Twenty-first Century 15 credits
This course identifies and theorises the sociological issues and complexities associated with contemporary cities. It traverses the development of modern cities and city forms, examines various experiences and theorisations of city life and critically explores the concept of urban sustainability, with particular emphasis on social sustainability and urban housing.
176.301 The Sociological Project 15 credits
An overview of the key schools of thought that make up the sociological project, demonstrating how these schools inform both the questions sociologists ask of social life and the contending answers they give.
176.302 Techniques of Social Investigation 15 credits
An examination of methods of sociological research which will focus on the selection and formulation of research questions, and the collection and interpretation of data. The practical aspects of qualitative sociological research will be emphasised and students will be required to design and carry out assigned research exercises.
176.303 Making the Nation 15 credits
An examination of the discourses and politics of nationhood, with particular reference to Aotearoa New Zealand. The course focuses on the themes and content of nationalist discourses - what 'makes up' the nation and the national people. Major themes are national histories, traditions, geography, sport and war, gender, ethnicity, the impact of colonisation and the possibilities of a multicultural national future.
176.308 Sociology of the Environment 15 credits
An advanced examination of the interconnections between society and the environment with a particular emphasis on the roles of science and politics in the creation of environmental knowledge and practice.
176.309 Development and Social Change: Contemporary Issues 15 credits
Development theory from the Washington Consensus to the present. Analysis of major issues including the funding of development; shifts from structural adjustment to poverty alleviation; alternative development models. Case studies will be drawn from the Pacific region.
176.310 Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity: Contemporary Issues 15 credits
An examination of factors driving contemporary trends in ethnic identity and ethnic relations. The course explores the ways in which the lives of individuals and societies are being reshaped by forces such as migration, intermarriage, mass media, new communication technologies, redistribution of global wealth, and politicisation of ethnicity.
176.316 Understanding Globalisation in Depth 15 credits
This course examines at an advanced level the complexity of globalisation through a range of images that sociologists use to understand contemporary global change such as the network society, the knowledge society, the consumer society, the risk society, the fundamentalist society. It also explores how these images are played out within local contexts and personal experiences.
176.318 Sociology of Death and Dying 15 credits
A grounding in the literature on death and dying and an examination of sociological analyses of dying and death. The course is intended for Sociology and other students.
176.322 The World of Work: Contemporary Issues 15 credits
This course provides an in-depth exploration of the changed nature of work in contemporary society. It examines the broader context of change, contemporary forms and patterns of work and occupations and issues and perspectives on global and local labour markets.
176.323 The Transformation of the Pacific: Contemporary Issues 15 credits
An examination of social, political and economic forces which have transformed the social and economic organisation of Pacific societies since World War II. The course explores how these forces have defined contemporary regional issues, and the responses of Pacific governments and societies to them.
176.701 Current Issues and Theories 30 credits
An examination of key concepts, theories and debates in contemporary social theory.
176.702 Advanced Social Inquiry 30 credits
An advanced study of methodological issues pertinent to social research. The course is designed to assist the planning of postgraduate theses and reports.
176.711 Sociology of Underdevelopment 30 credits
Socio-economic conditions in developing countries. Theories of development and underdevelopment: origins, critique and ideological and strategic implications. Sociological aspects of social change, for example, class, ethnicity, gender, debt, globalisation and the environment. Examples emphasise South-East Asia.
176.715 Culture and New Zealand Society 30 credits
This is a research course on the sociology of the New Zealand arts, intended primarily for students who have already completed an undergraduate course on the subject. Their work will involve designing, researching and writing a course on a topic of their own choosing.
176.718 Environmental Sociology 30 credits
An exploration of the interrelations between society and the environment, with an examination of major contemporary environmental issues from a sociological point of view. Among the major issues covered are consumerism, population growth, resource limits, development, political conflicts, environmental groups and environmental values.
176.798 Research Report (60) 60 credits
176.799 Research Report (30) 30 credits
176.800 MPhil Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work
176.801 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.802 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.873 Research Report Sociology (60) 60 credits
176.881 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.883 Thesis 90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.899 Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.900 PhD Sociology 120 credits

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