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Sociology

176.101 The Sociological Imagination15 credits
A foundation course in Sociology covering the key substantive aspects of contemporary society e.g. individual and social processes, globalization and social inequalities.
176.106 The Stuff of Everyday Life15 credits
An introduction to the sociology of everyday life and everyday material objects in both local and global contexts.
176.205 Animals and Human Societies15 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 Life15 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 Life15 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 Globalisation15 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 Modernity15 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 including contemporary attempts to move beyond race via the concepts of ethnicity and indigeneity in Aotearoa New Zealand.
176.222 Cities in the Twenty-first Century15 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.
176.223 Social Inequality and Justice15 credits
An examination of how social structures create inequalities with a focus on gender, class, and ethnic diversities and identities and how claims for social transformation are made.
176.224 Gender: Bodies that Matter15 credits
An examination of how people experience gender, how gender inequality relates to other categories of social difference and how feminist approaches reveal and disrupt gender.
176.302 Research Design and Practice15 credits
A practical course that introduces the principles of research design, quantitative and qualitative methods and research dissemination, and students undertake a small sociological research project under supervised conditions.
176.308 Sociology of the Environment15 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.
176.310 Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity: Contemporary Issues15 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.
176.318 Sociology of Death and Dying15 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 Issues15 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 Issues15 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.
176.324 Imagining Other Worlds15 credits
A study of contemporary utopian sociological approaches to social change, based upon models of economy, administrative governance, and social reproduction that differ from those of colonial capitalism.
176.325 The Politics of Truth15 credits
An enquiry into the social contexts and power relationships that influence the production of knowledge, drawing on situations of current political significance. 'Truth-claims' are deconstructed in order to identify underlying ideological and political impulses.
176.326 The Anthropocene: Toward a Politics of Hope15 credits
A Sociological analysis of the consequences of the Anthropocene for life on Planet Earth and the forms of politics to which those consequences now give rise.
176.701 Current Issues and Theories30 credits
An examination of key concepts, theories and debates in contemporary social theory.
176.702 Advanced Social Inquiry30 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 Underdevelopment30 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 Society30 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 Sociology30 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 Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work
176.801 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.802 MPhil Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.816 Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.817 Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 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 145 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.882 Thesis 90 Credit Part 245 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.883 Thesis90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.899 Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
176.900 PhD Sociology120 credits

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