Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.
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- Undergraduate information
- Postgraduate information
- How to find out more
- Related subjects and careers
- List of courses
This subject is taught by the School of Social and Cultural Studies.
Sociology is an exciting discipline that enables you to take a fresh look at social life. The scope is broad, the perspectives challenging, and the insights thought-provoking. While the range of sociological interests is wide (e.g. gender, class, ethnicity, families, social change, health, morality, politics, religion, sport, work and leisure, technology, cyberspace and much more) the central focus remains the same: exploring, understanding, and explaining changes in behaviour and social relationships at different levels.
On one level, Sociology looks at the body and its relationship to social practices, and at the construction of identity, for instance, as it is shaped by gender or class relations. At another level, Sociology examines major social institutions such as the State and macro processes such as population change and globalisation.
Sociology is the systematic study of social life and can be effectively combined with other social science subjects, such as Cultural Anthropology, Social Policy, Economics, Geography, Political Science and Psychology. Very useful combinations can also be made with Criminology, Education, History, Media Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies. Computer Science, Information Technology and Mathematics are always useful for students with an interest in social data analysis and research. Sociology can also provide an effective comparative focus for those who are interested in languages and literature. A major in Sociology towards a Bachelor of Arts (BA) also has an affinity with many aspects of Law and Commerce, and the social context of legal and business institutions.
BA major requirements
- SOSC 111 and 112
- 40 points from SOSC 200-399, SACS 201, 202
- 40 points from SOSC 300-399, SPOL 306
Postgraduate qualifications in Sociology
For information specific to Sociology, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
- Graduate Diploma in Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- Master of Arts
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Majoring in Sociology, possibly in conjunction with other majors, is a valuable basis for planning a career in the social sciences, psychology, law, social work, the health professions or business (e.g. teaching, journalism, advertising, town planning, architecture, resource management, public relations, market research and local government administration).
See the Career View issue on Sociology for further information.
For a complete course listing, see the list of all Sociology courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
SOSC 111 – Sociology: Foundations and Concepts
SOSC 112 – New Zealand: Sociological Perspectives
|200 Level Courses|
SACS 201 – Methods in Social and Cultural Research
SOSC 211 – Interpreting Society
SOSC 215 – Reproducing Gendered Bodies
SOSC 216 – Everyday Life
SOSC 221 – Sociology of Emotion
|300 Level Courses|
SOSC 305 – Social Organisation
SOSC 306 – Special Topic: Sociology of Dying and Death
SOSC 313 – Social Inequality
SOSC 314 – Sociology of Health and Illness
SOSC 315 – Reproducing Gendered Bodies
SOSC 318 – Social Movements and the State
SOSC 319 – Knowledge, Power and Understanding
|400 Level Courses|
SACS 428 – Internship
SOSC 401 – Rethinking the Social
SOSC 414 – Special Topic: Policy Internship
SOSC 416 – Qualitative Data Analysis
SOSC 489 – Research Project