Education and Society Papers at Tauranga (2020)

Education and Society involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, and economic policies, theories and practices of education in New Zealand society. Its origins are in humanities and social science disciplines such as History, Philosophy, and Sociology, and it has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring social policy, culture, gender, and work. Education and Society raises questions about the role of Education in addressing issues of social justice, power and inequality.

Education and Society is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Education and Society may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Education and Society as a single major for the BA or the BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Education and Society, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete either EDSOC100 or EDSOC101; at least 30 points from EDSOC200, EDSOC201 and EDSOC202; and at least 30 points from EDSOC300, EDSOC301, EDSOC302 and EDSOC303.

To complete Education and Society as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degrees, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Education and Society including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete either EDSOC100 or EDSOC101; at least 30 points from EDSOC200, EDSOC201 and EDSOC202; and at least 30 points from EDSOC300, EDSOC301, EDSOC302 and EDSOC303.

To complete a minor in Education and Society, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Education and Society major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.



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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EDSOC101The New Zealand Educational Context20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    The paper addresses the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping the educational contexts within which New Zealanders learn and teach.
    PHILO150The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    An introduction to philosophical problems in the areas of knowledge and mind, value theory, metaphysics and religion.
    SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EDSOC200Education and New Zealand Society20A (Hamilton)
    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.
    EDSOC201The Purpose of Education20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper is an introduction to the philosophy of education. It engages with a number of principles, including phenomenology, Romanticism, indigenous metaphysics, Western metaphysics, and poststructuralism.
    EDSOC202Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper investigates fundamental concepts of adult learning and then studies some adult learning theorists whose work is relevant to programme development. Major bottom-up and top-down approaches are taken to understand the dynamics of programme development. Students develop and apply their own approach to development, implement...
    SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    EDSOC513Educational Thought20A (Online)
    This paper aims to interrogate philosophical ideas, values and beliefs by examining their relationship to key concepts in educational practice.
    EDUCA557Research Methods20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online) & 20S (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.
    EDUCA592Dissertation20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    EDUCA593Education Thesis20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    EDUCA594Education Thesis20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 26 May 2020 8:32am

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