Sociology (2018)

Sociology involves the analysis of society: that is, how people organise and participate in groups and larger social structures, and how societies change. Sociologists ask questions about society, challenging what is normally taken for granted. Students who major in Sociology develop, not only a good understanding of social structures, social issues and policies, and social change, but also strong research and information literacy skills that prepare them well for employment in many fields.

Sociology is available as a major for the BA and the BSocSc. Sociology may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Sociology as a single major, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Sociology including SOCIO101, and either WKEMP100 or GNSEX101 or SOCIO102; SOCIO200, and a further 15 points at 200 level or above; SOCIO301, at least 15 points from other SOCIO coded 300 level papers and a further 30 points at 300 level or above.

To complete Sociology as part of a double major, students must complete SOCIO101, SOCIO200, SOCIO301 and 75 further points from papers listed for Sociology of which at least 60 points must be above 100 level and 30 points must be above 200 level.

To complete a minor in Sociology, students must complete 60 points from papers listed for Sociology, including SOCIO101, SOCIO200, and SOCIO301.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Socy) and GradDip(Socy)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Sociology at an advanced level in their first degree. Each programme of study for the Graduate Diploma must include SOCIO200 and SOCIO301.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Socy), PGDip(Socy) and BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Sociology papers or all their undergraduate Sociology papers.

    To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally SOCIO591), SOCIO502, one of SSRES503 or SSRES504 and one of SOCIO503 or SOCIO509.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Sociology, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BSocSc with a major in Sociology (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

    b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).

    Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Sociology vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including SOCIO502, SSRES503, SSRES504 and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average to be admitted to SOCIO593, SOCIO592, SOCIO593 or and at least an A- average to be admitted to SOCIO594.

    Students proposing to do graduate studies in Sociology should determine their programme in consultation with the convenor of the Sociology programme and relevant staff in Sociology. Students should also consult the Programme's Handbook for Graduate Students.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
    This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
    ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
    LABST100Work, Employment and Society18B (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to focus on the interdisciplinary account of the changing forms and social contexts of work from ancient times to the present and beyond.
    SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.
    SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies.
    WGSTS101Women in Society: Representations and Realities18A (Hamilton)
    This paper considers such issues as media representations, beauty ideals, medicalisation of women's bodies, eating disorders, violence against women, difference, and forms of women's resistance.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY201Ethnicity and Identity18B (Hamilton)
    This paper focuses on ethnicity and related categories of division such as "race" and nation. It explores how these concepts link to identity in different cultures and societies.
    CMYHE202Understanding the Healthy Body: Sociocultural Perspectives18A (Hamilton)
    This paper develops students' understanding of health as a social and cultural issue, not just a biological one.
    EDSOC200Education and New Zealand Society18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
    This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects. It examines how the interrelationships between education and society change over time.
    LABST201Employment Relations in New Zealand18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the employment relations legislation and its impact on employers, unions and workers. Other issues considered include occupational health and safety, industrial training and practice of employment relations
    POPST201Population Studies18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
    This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
    SOCIO200Modern Sociology and Western Capitalism: A Cosmopolitan Perspective18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the ascendancy of modern sociology, from the classic works of Karl Max, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber to contemporary themes such as cosmopolitanism, globalisation and individualisation.
    SOCIO202Class, Race, Gender18A (Hamilton)
    This paper presents sociological theories which examine gender, class, and race and how power is distributed within and across these categories. It uses class theory and intersectionality to explore and explain the complex interconnections between them.
    SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS396Work Placement18D (Block)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
    LBST301Globalisation and International Development18A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the impact of globalisation on labour across both developed and developing countries. Assignments focus on the application of comparative methods.
    SOCIO300The Sociology of Dying and Death18T (Hamilton) & 18T (Online)
    This paper will explore the social arrangements that surround dying and death. This includes societal attitudes toward death and dying, types of death, the care provided for people dying, and the relationship of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity and age to dying and death. Special attention will be paid to dying and death in Aote...
    SOCP302Social Policy18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
    This paper focuses on developing a critical approach to the formulation, content and implementation of New Zealand social policy in an international context. It examines a variety of contemporary policy domains, all of which, in some way, affect the wellbeing of children and families. The paper provides knowledge and skills relevan...
    SOCP304Health, Wellbeing and Policy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper gives a sociological and policy dimension to health, wellbeing and policy from a critical perspective.
    SOCY301Contemporary Social Theory: A Praxis Approach18B (Hamilton)
    An analysis of some of the major contemporary issues in sociological theory.
    SOCY311Criminology: A Sociological Introduction18B (Online)
    This paper examines sociological explanations of deviance and crime and examines issues in the field of criminology.
    SOCY390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton), 18T (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students with a B+ average may, with the approval of the programme convenor and the proposed supervisor, undertake an individual programme of study within the field of Sociology.
    WGST303Gender, State and Public Policy18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to feminist political theory concerned with issues of state, policy, equality/equity, social justice, rights and representation.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTH515Ethnographic Research18A (Hamilton)
    This paper concentrates on ethnographic approaches to research, with a particular focus on 'participant observation'.
    DSOE557Research Methods18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Online) & 18S (Block)
    This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
    MAOR570Te Mahi Rangahau: Maori and Pacific Research Methods and Issues18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces students to a range of research issues, helps students identify and apply the most effective methodology, understand, review and apply various research methods including kaupapa Maori and indigenous epistemologies.
    POLS503Democratisation, Democracy and Mass Politics18B (Hamilton)
    The concepts, approaches and literature of democracy, democratisation and mass politics, including theories of elitism, authoritarianism and transition to democracy and mass political psychology, democratic socialism, and democracy and capitalism, as well as an examination of relevant case studies.
    POPS509Research Methods for Population Analysis18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
    This paper provides students with hands-on experience conducting population research, working with real world data to analyse to investigate population issues. Students will gain a sound understanding of how to access, analyse and interpret data and how to communicate their findings, skills directly applicable to a range of policy,...
    SOCY502Society, Economy and State18A (Hamilton)
    This half paper brings Sociological theory and Social Policy practice together in a paper that is grounded in a praxis approach. Students will be expected to think critically and deeply about the nature and dynamic of structures and regulatory frameworks of contemporary capitalism, and to think actively about how social change occu...
    SOCY505Globalisation and Social Movements18B (Hamilton)
    Within the context of an analysis of the neoliberal policy framework and global capitalism; this half paper focuses on the merging social movements of the 21st century. Initial focus will be placed on the anti-globalisation movement, but in the context of a range of related movements especially the labour movement, new peasant move...
    SOCY589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    SOCY590Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18Y (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
    SOCY591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    SOCY592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    SOCY593Sociology Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SOCY594Sociology Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    SPLS501Research Methods in Health, Sport and Human Performance18A (Hamilton)
    This paper will allow students to develop their skills for finding and analysing literature, gain an understanding of different research designs, methodologies and ethical issues in health, sport and human performance settings, learn different statistical and analysis techniques. This paper will split into two streams where studen...
    WGST507Gender, Policy and Development18B (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to facilitate students' understandings of, and critical reflections on, policy and practice relevant to gender and development, and to simultaneously enhance their skills in research and gender analysis.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    SOCY800Sociology MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    SOCY900Sociology PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Tauranga) & 18D (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 22 August 2019 1:22pm

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