SOCIOL 101G Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand

SOCIOL 101G | BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Summer School & Semester Two 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


Provides an introduction to the sociological analysis of New Zealand society. Looks at familiar events, institutions, social processes from a sociological point of view and offers ways to understand them in new and different ways. Focuses on the structure of New Zealand society and on social and political changes which affect the lives of New Zealanders and shape their society.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Be able to define and apply a range of sociological concepts to the study of Aotearoa New Zealand society.
  2. Be able to explain the sociological imagination and apply it to a range of social justice issues related to inequality and sustainability.
  3. Have a foundational sociological understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand society as a settler-state.
  4. Have a foundational sociological understanding of New Zealand cultural diversity.
  5. Be able to effectively communicate an argument in academic English.
  6. Have developed skills in analysing sociological readings.

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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