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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 250 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
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Career opportunities

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

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Socy) and GradDip(Socy)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Sociology at an advanced level in their first degree. Each programme of study for the Graduate Diploma must include SOCY204 and SOCY301.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Socy), PGDip(Socy) and BSocSc(Hons) and MSocSc

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Sociology papers or all their undergraduate Sociology papers.

To complete a BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally SOCY591), SOCY502, one of SSRP503 or SSRP504 and one of SOCY503, SOCY505 or SOCP509.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MSocSc in Sociology, a student should have completed either:

a) a BSocSc with a major in Sociology (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ grade average either in the best three of their 300 level Sociology papers or all of their undergraduate Sociology papers, or

b) a BSocSc(Hons) in Sociology (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MSocSc in Sociology vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including SOCY502, SSRP503, SSRP504 and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average to be admitted to SOCY593 or SOCY593 and at least an A- average to be admitted to SOCY594.

Students proposing to do graduate studies in Sociology should determine their programme in consultation with the convenor of the Sociology programme and relevant staff in Sociology. Students should also consult the Programme's Handbook for Graduate Students.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
ECONS102Economics and Society19B (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 Realities19B (Hamilton)
This paper considers issues related to gender, sexuality, and the body including media representations, gender based violence, and forms of resistance.
HMDEV100Lifespan Development19A (Hamilton), 19B (Online) & 19B (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 Waitangi19A (Tauranga) & 19B (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.
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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 Justice19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga) & 19B (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 Policy19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Society19B (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 Identity19A (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 the Healthy Body: Sociocultural Perspectives19A (Hamilton)
This paper develops students' understanding of health as a social and cultural issue, not just a biological one.
ECONS200Understanding the Global Economy19A (Hamilton) & 19C (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.
EDSOC200Education and New Zealand Society19A (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects. It examines how the interrelationships between education and society change over time.
MAORI250Māori Politics19A (Hamilton) & 19B (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.
POPST201Population Studies19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Perspective19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
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 Culture19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper offers a sociological perspective on historical and contemporary forms of popular culture.
SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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 Methods19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
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 Zealand19A (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 Inequalities19B (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...
POPST302Exploring Population Change19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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 Communication19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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.
SOCIO301Contemporary Social Theory: A Praxis Approach19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces students to contemporary debates in social theory from a praxis perspective. Particular attention is paid to theories of individualisation and class in relation to contemporary forms of capitalist society.
SOCIO302Globalisation and International Development19A (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.
SOCIO311Current Issues in Criminal Justice19B (Online)
This paper examines sociological explanations for criminal behaviour and examines issues within criminal justice.
SOCIO390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton), 19T (Hamilton) & 19Y (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 Policy19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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 Policy19B (Hamilton)
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 Methods19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Online) & 19S (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.
HSHUP501Research Methods in Health, Sport and Human Performance19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper will allow students to develop their skills for finding and analysing literature, gain an understanding of different research designs, methodologies and ethical issues in health, sport and human performance settings, learn different statistical and analysis techniques. This paper will split into two streams where studen...
MAORI570Te Mahi Rangahau: Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methods and Issues19A (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 Analysis19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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,...
SOCIO502Society, Economy and State19A (Hamilton)
This paper brings Sociological theory and Social Policy practice together in a paper that is grounded in a praxis approach. Students will be expected to think critically and deeply about the nature and dynamic of structures and regulatory frameworks of contemporary capitalism, and to think actively about how social change occurs.
SOCIO503Comparative Criminology19A (Hamilton)
This paper surveys criminological theory from a sociological perspective and uses examples of criminological research to develop a critical awareness of New Zealand issues and policies related to criminal behaviour.
SOCIO505Globalisation and Social Movements19A (Hamilton)
Within the context of an analysis of the neoliberal policy framework and global capitalism; this half paper focuses on the merging social movements of the 21st century. Initial focus will be placed on the anti-globalisation movement, but in the context of a range of related movements especially the labour movement, new peasant move...
SOCIO589Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19S (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 Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19Y (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.
SOCIO591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
SOCIO593Sociology Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
SOCIO594Sociology Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SOCY800Sociology MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
SOCY900Sociology PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
No description available.

Holly Snape The strong subject offerings within the School of Social Sciences is what attracted Holly to study at Waikato. With a keen interest in sociology and anthropology, she completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences and then went on to do her Masters.

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Societies and Cultures Programme


Sociology is available as a major for the BSocSc. Sociology may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Sociology, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Sociology, including SOCY204, SOCY301 and 80 further points, of which at least 40 must be above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Sociology include SOCY101 and one of SOCY150, SOCP102, LBST101 or WGST101 in the first year of their programme of study, in order to meet prerequisites at 200 level, and at least one of SOCP302, SOCP304, SOCY311 or SOCY390. It is recommended that students include SSRP202 in their programme of study as part of the methodology requirement for the BSocSc.

To complete a supporting subject in Sociology, students must include either SOCY101 or SOCY150, and SOCY204.

Note: SOCY301 Contemporary Social Theory is normally a prerequisite for graduate study in Sociology.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4138
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: socy-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: ansocyth-grad@waikato.ac.nz