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Sociology

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 300 QS-rated subject.

You'll explore how people organise and form groups, form larger social structures, and how societies evolve over time. As a budding sociologist, you'll be challenged to assume little in the hopes of clearing the way for new conclusions.

You'll ask questions like how different groups view social reality and why certain views become accepted within groups over time. You'll dissect the interwoven nature and influence of parents, peers, elders, teachers and the media on society. We'll also challenge you to consider why some societies are war-torn while others remain peaceful – why some behaviour is acceptable while others are less desirable. You'll look for solutions and debate how societies change.

Sociology at Waikato takes a thematic approach and includes papers in criminology, the family, popular culture and theoretical perspectives.  As part of a degree in Sociology papers in social policy, women and gender studies and labour studies can be included.

Teaching staff provide plenty of mentoring and direction along the way and allow students opportunities to throw out ideas in a relaxed and informal learning environment. Studying Sociology at Waikato will open your eyes to the inner workings of society and how people drive them.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Area of Study:

Career opportunities

  • Community Advocate
  • Community Development advisor
  • Criminal justice worker
  • Criminology researcher
  • Journalist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Research Advisor
  • Teacher
  • Youth worker

Study in Tauranga

In Tauranga you can major in Sociology within these degrees:


100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
GNSEX101Gender and Sexuality: Representations and Realities15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This paper considers issues related to gender, sexuality, and the body including health issues, media representations, gender based violence, and forms of resistance.
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (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.
SOCIO102The Sociology of Crime, Deviance and Social Justice15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (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 Policy15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SOCIO20121st Century Activism and Radical Thought15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper will offer insight into the historical legacies of systemic racism, sexism and class oppression by taking an in-depth look at key issues raised in 20th century social movements in New Zealand and the United States and mapping those issues into the 21st century.
SOCIO203Popular Culture15.022A (Online)
This paper offers a sociological perspective on historical and contemporary forms of popular culture.
SOCIO204Punishment, Society and Social Justice15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
This subject will provide students with a critical understanding of the theoretical, political and policy issues associated with societies' response to crime and social harm.
SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues15.022A (Online) & 22A (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
GNSEX303Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities15.022B (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...
SOCIO302Globalisation and International Development15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Online)
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.
SOCIO304Sociology of the Body15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
A sociological investigation of bodies, as they are experienced and represented, examining the embodied relationship between structure and agency.
SOCIO311Current Issues in Crime Control and Social Justice15.022G (Online)
This paper examines sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and examines issues within criminal justice.
SOCIO390Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22D (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a flexible opportunity to investigate a specific topic from a sociology perspective.
SOCPY300Social Policy15.022B (Online)
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 Policy15.022B (Hamilton), 22B (Online) & 22B (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 Points Occurrence / Location
SOCIO504Marx, Marxism, and Beyond: Contesting Perspectives30.022B (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 perspectives.
SOCIO507The Regulation of Sexuality30.022A (Hamilton)
This paper examines how sexuality is regulated in contemporary Western societies through social norms, discourses, laws, policies, and rules that privilege certain notions about sexuality, while others are marginalised.
SOCIO589Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton) & 22H (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 Study30.022A (Hamilton), 22B (Hamilton), 22D (Hamilton) & 22H (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.
SOCIO591Dissertation30.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO593Sociology Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SOCIO594Sociology Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SOCIO800Sociology MPhil Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
SOCIO900Sociology PhD Thesis120.022I (Hamilton), 22J (Hamilton), 22K (Hamilton), 22X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
No description available.

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Subject links

Sociology and Social Policy Program


Contacts

School of Social Sciences
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4138
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