School of Social and Cultural Studies

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Sociology

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Social and Cultural Studies.

Overview

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.

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Undergraduate information

BA major requirements

  1. SOSC 111 and 112
  2. 40 points from SOSC 200-399, SACS 201, 202 
  3. 40 points from SOSC 300-399, SPOL 306

Postgraduate information

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.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.

Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.

Sociology courses are taught within the School of Social and Cultural Studies. School Office: Murphy 921, tel 0-4-463 5317, email sacs@vuw.ac.nz.

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Related subjects and careers

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.

Related subjects Careers

Cultural Anthropology
Criminology
Economics
Education
Geography
Media Studies
Political Science
Public Policy
Social Policy
Statistics

Advertising
Government
Journalist
Law
Market researcher
Resource manager
Social science researcher
Social worker
Teacher
Town planner

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List of courses

For a complete course listing, see the list of all Sociology courses.


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

SACS 202 – Topic in Feminist Theory: Key Thinkers and Perspectives

SOSC 211 – Interpreting Society

SOSC 215 – Reproducing Gendered Bodies

SOSC 216 – Everyday Life

SOSC 217 – Special Topic: Reflecting on Violence: Contexts, Ethics and Interventions

SOSC 219 – Ideology, Utopia, Power: Issues and Paradigms in Political Sociology

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 413 – Special Topic: Fun and Games: Sociology of Play and Humour

SOSC 414 – Special Topic: Policy Internship

SOSC 415 – Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Morality and Ethics

SOSC 416 – Qualitative Data Analysis

SOSC 417 – Comparing Ethnic Relations in Settler Societies

SOSC 489 – Research Project