This subject involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, and economic policies, theories and practices of education in New Zealand society. Its origins are in humanities and social science disciplines such as History, Philosophy, and Sociology, and it has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring social policy, culture, gender, and work. Education and Society raises questions about the role of education in addressing issues of social justice, power and inequality.

Education and Society is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Climate Change (BCC), and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Education and Society may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Education and Society as a single major for the BA, BCC or the BSocSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Education and Society, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete either EDSOC100 or EDSOC101; at least 30 points from EDSOC200, EDSOC201 and EDSOC202; and at least 30 points from EDSOC300, EDSOC301, EDSOC302 and EDSOC303.

To complete Education and Society as part of a double major for the BA, BCC, BSocSc or other undergraduate degrees, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Education and Society including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete either EDSOC100 or EDSOC101; at least 30 points from EDSOC200, EDSOC201 and EDSOC202; and at least 30 points from EDSOC300, EDSOC301, EDSOC302 and EDSOC303.

To complete a minor in Education and Society, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Education and Society major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Education and Society papers

100 Level 200 Level 300 Level
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EDSOC100 Education: Past and Present right arrow

This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EDSOC101 The New Zealand Educational Context right arrow

The paper addresses the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping the educational contexts within which New Zealanders learn and teach.

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
HISTY107 Aotearoa Histories: Past and Future right arrow

This introductory paper provides students with an overview of Aotearoa New Zealand's histories through hundreds of years of Māori and Iwi history and...

15 24B (Hamilton)
PHILO150 The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy right arrow

An introduction to philosophy that investigates a range of big questions. The big questions may include: does God exist?, does my morality apply to...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
SOCIO101 Introduction to Sociology right arrow

This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
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EDSOC200 Education and New Zealand Society right arrow

This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EDSOC201 The Purpose of Education right arrow

This paper engages with a number of theoretical principles that have underpinned the ways in which the aims of education have been imagined and...

15 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
EDSOC202 Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults right arrow

This paper investigates fundamental concepts of adult learning and then studies some adult learning theorists whose work is relevant to programme...

15 24A (Online)
EDSOC203 Education in the Moana: Critical Indigenous talatalanoa right arrow

This paper provides the foundational ideas and principles associated with Indigenous education aligned with Moana Mātauranga. It will examine the...

15 24A (Hamilton)
SOCPY200 Social Policy and Social Issues right arrow

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...

15 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga)
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EDSOC300 Māori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education right arrow

This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Māori philosophies. It considers how Māori and Western philosophies respectively describe the...

15 24A (Hamilton)
EDSOC301 History of New Zealand Education right arrow

This paper explores the recent history of New Zealand education, with particular emphasis on the Tomorrow's Schools and other educational reforms...

15 24B (Online)
EDSOC302 Adults Learning for Life right arrow

This paper explores the character of adult learning including analysis of social issues in the field. It focusses on areas within lifelong learning...

15 24B (Online)
EDSOC303 Education and Sexuality right arrow

A study of the ways childhood and adult sexuality is constructed, monitored and regulated in society and in educational settings. The major emphasis...

15 24B (Online)
EDUCA303 Curriculum Perspectives right arrow

This paper examines curriculum conceptions, perspectives, and decision-making, through a range of historical, political and socio-cultural contexts...

15 24A (Hamilton)
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