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 LABST101 or WGSTS101; SOCIO200, SOCIO202 and a further 15 points at 200 level or above; SOCIO301 and a further 45 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.

Note: Students who commenced a major in Sociology in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for programme advice.


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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 SOCY204 and SOCY301.

    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 SOCY591), SOCY502, one of SSRP503 or SSRP504 and one of SOCY503, SOCY505 or SOCP509.

    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 either in the best three of their 300 level Sociology papers or all of their undergraduate Sociology papers, or

    b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    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 SOCY502, SSRP503, SSRP504 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 SOCY593 or SOCY593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to SOCY594.

    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 multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
    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.
    LBST101The Nature of WorkThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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.
    SOCIO102Introduction to Criminology and Criminal JusticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SOCP102Introduction to Social PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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. The paper will include presentations by guest speakers who are active in implementing social policies in our community.
    SOCY101Introduction to SociologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SOCY150Applied SociologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    WGST101Women in Society: Representations and RealitiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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
    ANTH201Ethnicity and IdentityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ANTH206Food, Taste, Cuisine: Origins and TransformationsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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.
    FASS296Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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
    LBST202Work and Employment in Capitalist SocietiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PCSS201Education and New Zealand SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    POPS201Population StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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.
    SOCIO200History of Sociological Thought18B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines sociological thought from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries in the context of historical and intellectual change. It focusses Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber.
    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.
    SOCP206Social Policy and Social IssuesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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.
    SOCY202Popular CultureThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SOCY204History of Sociological ThoughtThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SOCY222Sociology of the FamilyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SSRP202The Practice of Social Science ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    WGST209Rethinking Women, Sex and GenderThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FASS301Digital Storytelling for the Arts and Social SciencesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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.
    EDUCA557Research MethodsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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,...
    SOCP506Social Policy: Comparative ApproachesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SOCP509Comparative Criminology: Issues and PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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...
    SOCY503Criminology from a Sociological PerspectiveThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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...
    SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    WGST505New Natures: Gender, Culture and New TechnologiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    WGST506Theorising GenderThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    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 : 19 July 2018 11:44am

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