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BSocSc - Sociology as a major

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. The degree focuses on contemporary social issues, the ways in which humans interact with these issues and how such actions can be monitored and modified.

Sociology at Waikato moves you beyond assumptions and explores who we are and our place in the world. You'll study human relationships and how societies form. Sociology at Waikato is highly respected and is a top 250 QS-rated subject.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $25,160-$32,750 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Heritage Presenter
  • Iwi Development Officer
  • Media or Social Commentator
  • Social Analyst
  • Social Researcher
  • Youth or Social Service Worker

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BSocSc in Sociology

Year 1

Any 100 level
paper listed in footnotes

One from List A:
Academic Foundations

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Field of the Degree
100 Level



Year 2

Any 200 level
SOCIO paper

Any 200 level
SOCIO paper

Any 200 level
paper listed in footnotes

One from List B:
Cultural Perspectives

One of
PSYCH211 or SSRES200




Year 3

Any 300 level
SOCIO paper

Any 300 level
SOCIO paper

Any 300 level
paper listed in footnotes

Any 300 level
paper listed in footnotes

One from List C:
Work-Integrated Learning




  • Stream
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Sociology involves the analysis of society: that is, how people organise and participate in groups and larger social structures, and how societies change. Sociologists ask questions about society, challenging what is normally taken for granted. Students who major in Sociology develop, not only a good understanding of social structures, social issues and policies, and social change, but also strong research and information literacy skills that prepare them well for employment in many fields.

Sociology is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Sociology may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Sociology as a single major for the BA or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Sociology including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include SOCIO101, at least 30 points from SOCIO coded 200 level papers, and at least 30 points from SOCIO coded 300 level papers, and a further 30 points at 300 level or above.

To complete Sociology as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Sociology, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include SOCIO101, at least 15 points from SOCIO coded papers at 200 level, and at least 30 points from SOCIO coded papers at 300 level.

To complete a minor in Sociology, students must complete 60 points from papers listed for Sociology, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete SOCIO101, at least one SOCIO coded 200 level papers, and at least one SOCIO coded 300 level paper.

Enquiries about undergraduate, diploma and graduate programmes in Sociology should be directed to the Programme Convenor.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECONS102Economics and Society20B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces selected economic models, with a focus on developing and applying critical thinking skills to a range of business and social issues and to economic policies.
GNSEX101Gender and Sexuality: Representations and Realities20B (Hamilton)
This paper considers issues related to gender, sexuality, and the body including health issues, media representations, gender based violence, and forms of resistance.
HMDEV100Lifespan Development20A (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
PACIS100Introduction to Pacific Histories, Languages and Cultures20A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to foundational elements of Pacific Studies, including various histories, languages and cultures and their importance to contemporary societies, surveying a number of Pacific Nations.
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.
SOCIO102Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This paper provides students with an introduction to criminology and the criminal justice system, with a focus on the New Zealand context.
SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies.
WKEMP100Work, Employment and Society20B (Hamilton)
The purpose of this paper is to focus on the interdisciplinary account of the changing forms and social contexts of work from ancient times to the present and beyond.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTHY201Ethnicity and Identity20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on ethnicity and related categories of division such as "race" and nation. It explores how these concepts link to identity in different cultures and societies.
CMYHE202Understanding Healthy Bodies: Sociocultural Perspectives20A (Hamilton)
This paper develops a sociocultural understanding of healthy bodies.
ECONS200Understanding the Global Economy20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
This paper focuses on developing understanding of contemporary global issues, including economic well-being, sustainable growth, emerging economies, world trade and globalisation.
MAORI250Māori Politics20A (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper examines Maori and Indigenous politics in a broad sense, from key ideas such as sovereignty, tino rangatiratanga, and autonomy, through to crucial forms of resistance via various political structures including local, Iwi, national and global Indigenous movements.
PACIS200Pacific Migration, Diaspora and Identity20B (Hamilton)
This paper looks at the various socio-historic influences on migration in the Pacific and the relationship between Indigenous cultures of origin and diasporic cultures and identities formed in countries such as Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and the US.
POPST201Population Studies20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
SOCIO200Modern Sociology and Western Capitalism: A Cosmopolitan Perspective20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
This paper examines the ascendancy of modern sociology, from the classic works of Karl Max, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber to contemporary themes such as cosmopolitanism, globalisation and individualisation.
SOCIO203Popular Culture20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper offers a sociological perspective on historical and contemporary forms of popular culture.
SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.
SSRES200Social Science Research Methods20A (Online) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the core research methods used in the social sciences. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are introduced, along with consideration of aspects such as ethics and the Treaty of Waitangi.
WKEMP201Employment Relations in New Zealand20A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the employment relations legislation and its impact on employers, unions and workers. Other issues considered include occupational health and safety, industrial training and practice of employment relations

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
GNSEX303Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities20A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a comprehensive review of the historical context for understanding contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social class. It investigates micro and macro level experiences and the social construction of identities. In doing so, this paper looks at how power is distributed in society, the theories that...
MAORI303Critical Indigenous Theory20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper looks at the key theoretical influences, from Marxism to post-structuralism, upon critical Indigenous studies and the most significant writings by those Indigenous scholars who have chosen to engage with critical theory.
POPST302Exploring Population Change20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
This paper applies methods for measuring population size, composition and change, which are used extensively for understanding population issues in public policy, human resource planning, forecasting and business planning.
SDCOA303Sport, Media and Communication20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
This paper expands students' critical sociocultural understanding of the media. Students will develop knowledge of the production and consumption of various forms of media (including social media), and have the opportunity to develop skills in critical media analysis and production.
SOCIO302Globalisation and International Development20B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the impact of globalisation on both developed and developing countries. Special focus is placed on the labour-capital relation. Applied methods of comparative analysis are also introduced.
SOCIO303Technologies, Algorithms and Social Life20A (Online), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
The sociological investigation of social relations facilitated by the Internet, the Web 2.0 paradigm, and extended through the 'internet of things' and the increasing role algorithms and other non-human actors in decision-making.
SOCIO311Current Issues in Criminal Justice20B (Online)
This paper examines sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and examines issues within criminal justice.
SOCIO390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20D (Hamilton), 20G (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
Students may, with the approval of the programme convenor and the proposed supervisor, undertake an individual programme of study within the field of Sociology.
SOCPY300Social Policy20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper provides students with experience of the ways in which policy is formulated and enacted. Theoretical perspectives are consolidated and extended to enhance opportunities for employment in the social policy field.
SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This paper provides a critical introduction to key issues in the formation of health policy at both a national and international level.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDUCA557Research Methods20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online) & 20S (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
MAORI570Te Mahi Rangahau: Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methods and Issues20A (Online) & 20B (Online)
This paper introduces students to a range of research issues, helps students identify and apply the most effective methodology, understand, review and apply various research methods including kaupapa Maori and indigenous epistemologies.
POPST509Research Methods for Population Analysis20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
This paper provides students with hands-on experience conducting population research, working with real world data to analyse to investigate population issues. Students will gain a sound understanding of how to access, analyse and interpret data and how to communicate their findings, skills directly applicable to a range of policy,...
SOCIO500Comparative Indigenous Criminology20A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on a critical comparison of indigenous people's experiences of crime control policies and interventions in settler-colonial jurisdictions.
SOCIO503Comparative Indigenous Criminology20A (Hamilton)
This paper offers students an opportunity to engage in in-depth critique and analysis of Indigenous peoples' experiences of crime control in settler colonial contexts. By focussing on the 'big four' settler colonial jurisdictions, Aotearoa New Zealand, Canada, the US and Australia, the paper is also designed to introduce students ...
SOCIO504Marx, Marxism, and Beyond: Contesting Perspectives20B (Hamilton)
Marx's theory of capitalist society is examined with reference to the contested history of twentieth century Marxism and the related development of neo-Marxist and post-Marxist perspecitves.
SOCIO589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
SOCIO590Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20D (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.
SOCIO591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO593Sociology Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SOCIO594Sociology Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SOCPY507Gender and Development20A (Hamilton)
This graduate paper explores fundamental constructs of feminishm within the context of development schemes and policies.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SOCY800Sociology MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SOCY900Sociology PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
No description available.

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Sociology is one of seven BSocSc major subjects available in Tauranga from 2019. To ask about being one of the first students in our new CBD campus (opening 2019), contact a Future Student Advisor:


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