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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.