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.

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