QS World University Rankings 2017

Sociaology at Massey is ranked in the top 250 in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

Sociology Sociology is about understanding and describing our local society and its global setting.  Sociologists are interested in almost all aspects of the social world and ask questions like:

  • How is society structured?
  • How is society changing?
  • What divides or unites social groups?
  • What causes the inequalities we see in society?
  • How does power operate?

Sociology asks challenging questions to find out how things really are in the social world. Culture, ethnicity, class, inequality, gender, mass media, politics, environment, social change and individual and group interactions are important areas for research.

This is a broad subject that will teach to you think critically about the world and investigate social issues.


Sociology is a major and minor subject in the Bachelor of Arts and can also be taken in a certificate or diploma programme. At postgraduate level, Honours, Masters and Doctorate qualifications are available. 


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176.101 Introductory Sociology
176.102 New Zealand Society


176.203 Development and Social Change: Central Themes*
176.204 Small Groups*
176.205 Animals and Human Societies
176.206 Understanding Social Life
176.207 Family, Intimacy and Domestic Life
176.216 Understanding Globalisation
176.218 Race, Nation and Modernity
176.219 The Transformation of the Pacific: Central Themes*
176.221 Ethnicity and Identity*
176.222 Cities in 21st Century


176.301 The Sociological Project
176.302 Techniques of Social Investigation
176.303 Making the Nation*
176.308 Sociology of the Environment
176.309 Development and Social Change: Contemporary Issues*
176.310 Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity: Contemporary Issues
176.316 Understanding Globalisation in Depth*
176.318 Sociology of Death and Dying
176.322 The World of Work: Contemporary Issues
176.323 The Transformation of the Pacific: Contemporary Issues

700 to 900-level

176.701 Current Issues and Theories
176.702 Advanced Social Inquiry
176.711 Sociology of Underdevelopment*
176.715 Culture and New Zealand Society*
176.718 Environmental Sociology
176.873 Research Report (60)
176.798 Research Report (60)*
176.799 Research Report (30)
176.800 MPhil - Sociology*
176.801 MPhil Thesis (Part I)
176.802 MPhil Thesis (Part II)
176.816 MA Thesis (Part I 60 credits)
176.817 MA Thesis (Part II 60 credits)
176.881 MA Thesis (Part I 45 credits)
176.882 MA Thesis (Part II 45 credits)
176.899 Thesis Sociology*
176.900 PhD in Sociology

*Not offered in 2017

More information

For more information, please download our brochure from the documents page or contact the programme coordinator.

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