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SOCI309 Special Topic 2

Special topic presenting key concepts in the theory and practice of sociology.

This paper is an examination of popular, medical and scholarly understandings of intimate relationships and erotic lives. It explores how intimate relations are moulded by and within the social world. The paper is fully internally assessed.

Paper title Special Topic 2
Paper code SOCI309
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level SOCI, GEND, CRIM or ANTH points or 54 200-level Arts points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
This paper will be available to Sociology majors and other BA students who are interested in the topic who meet the prerequisites.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Dr Melanie Beres
Paper Structure
Foucault suggests that in order to understand a particular society's or group's view of intimate relations, we must look at the ways that desire, pleasure and sexual acts are constructed and understood. Important in this understanding is the relationship between these three concepts. We will, therefore, explore how sex is constructed in contemporary New Zealand society. In each of these sections we will question what is considered "normal" or mainstream and explore where ideas of "normal" sexuality emerged. We will then find examples of when this "normal" construction of sexuality is challenged and how it is challenged.
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures: Two hours per week

Tutorials: One hour per week, starting from the second week
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.

A course reader will be available for purchase and on reserve in the library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to
  • Engage in critical discussion of relevant academic articles
  • Facilitate discussion of relevant academic theories
  • Apply theories discussed in class to the analysis of novel material

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Use of theory within Science and Technology studies to better understand new dynamics in social and economic life and to explore prospects and possibilities for post-capitalist futures.

This paper is fully internally assessed.

Paper title Special Topic 2: Science, Technology and Post-capitalist Futures
Paper code SOCI309
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
54 200-level points from Arts and Music Schedule C
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
This paper will be available to Sociology majors and other BA students who are interested in the topic who meet the prerequisites.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Katharine Legun
Paper Structure
The paper utilises thirteen 2-hour lectures plus weekly tutorials
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures: Two hours per week.

Tutorials: One hour per week, starting from the second week
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Global perspective, Information literacy, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Research, Scholarship, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Environmental literacy.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the paper will be able to:
  • Identify key theoretical ideas emerging from recent work in science and technology studies (STS) and be able to identify key positions of theorists and their relevance to specific cases.
  • Using STS theorisation, apply specific approaches to methodology informed by Actor Network Theory.
  • Display knowledge of relevant cases of new technologies that have proven to be socially transformative.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake critical thinking and reflection, positioning themselves in the context of wider controversies.
  • Communicate theoretical ideas through research, analysis and writing.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41