Sociology Papers at Tauranga (2020)

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

To complete Sociology as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Sociology including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include SOCIO101, at least 30 points from SOCIO coded 200 level papers, and at least 30 points from SOCIO coded 300 level papers, and a further 30 points at 300 level or above.

To complete Sociology as part of a double major for the BA, BSocSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Sociology, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include SOCIO101, at least 15 points from SOCIO coded papers at 200 level, and at least 30 points from SOCIO coded papers at 300 level.

To complete a minor in Sociology, students must complete 60 points from papers listed for Sociology, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete SOCIO101, at least one SOCIO coded 200 level paper, and at least one SOCIO coded 300 level paper.

Enquiries about undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sociology should be directed to the Programme Convenor.



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  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HMDEV100Lifespan Development20A (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
    MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
    This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
    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.
    SOCIO102Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper provides students with an introduction to criminology and the criminal justice system, with a focus on the New Zealand context.
    SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ECONS200Understanding the Global Economy20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
    This paper focuses on developing understanding of contemporary global issues, including economic well-being, sustainable growth, emerging economies, world trade and globalisation.
    MAORI250Māori Politics20A (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper examines Maori and Indigenous politics in a broad sense, from key ideas such as sovereignty, tino rangatiratanga, and autonomy, through to crucial forms of resistance via various political structures including local, Iwi, national and global Indigenous movements.
    SOCIO203Popular Culture20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper offers a sociological perspective on historical and contemporary forms of popular culture.
    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.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    MAORI303Critical Indigenous Theory20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper looks at the key theoretical influences, from Marxism to post-structuralism, upon critical Indigenous studies and the most significant writings by those Indigenous scholars who have chosen to engage with critical theory.
    SOCIO303Technologies, Algorithms and Social Life20A (Online), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
    The sociological investigation of social relations facilitated by the Internet, the Web 2.0 paradigm, and extended through the 'internet of things' and the increasing role algorithms and other non-human actors in decision-making.
    SOCPY300Social Policy20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
    This paper provides students with experience of the ways in which policy is formulated and enacted. Theoretical perspectives are consolidated and extended to enhance opportunities for employment in the social policy field.
    SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
    This paper provides a critical introduction to key issues in the formation of health policy at both a national and international level.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    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.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    SOCY900Sociology PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
    No description available.

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

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