SOCIOL 101G Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand

SOCIOL 101G | BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Summer School & Semester Two 2021 | City Campus | 15 points


This course takes a critical look at contemporary social issues in Aotearoa New Zealand. We begin by exploring New Zealand's colonial origins and development, then examine the role of ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality in producing social inequalities and social identities. We finish by considering a number of key contemporary issues including gender violence, incarceration and New Zealand's 'clean, green' status.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course, you will:

  • Understand the events, institutions, and social processes central to an analysis of life in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Be able to critically analyse social, political and economic change.
  • Be aware of the insights of key social theorists.
  • Be able to use analytical and research skills.

Topics Covered

We examine New Zealand society  through studies of colonisation, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, class, and environmental issues. In particular, we examine sources of inequality and consider how these impact on collective identities.

Student Feedback

'I loved this course! It was well–organised and covered so many relevant topics to our current society in Aotearoa. I appreciated the use of real life examples to locate our knowledge in context. Tutorials were extremely helpful, as they enabled us students to discuss our perspectives on the course material and consolidate our knowledge.'

'I feel like I have a wealth of new knowledge, I learned the history of New Zealand that I should have been taught during my schooling prior to university.'

'Having a lecturer and tutor who were kind, understanding and willing to go above and beyond to ensure that we understood the content helped me the most in this course.'

'The readings from a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds were extremely helpful in allowing me to view current issues in new ways, and understand them better.'

'Great lecturer!!! Course was planned very well with great mix of discussions, documentaries lectures etc.'

'The way in which the content was taught during lectures was the most useful as everything was clear and many new perspectives were given in an interesting and reflective way.'

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