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SOCI402 Advanced Sociological Theory

Builds on the theoretical knowledge acquired by students at 100-, 200- and 300-level. Supplements SOCI 490.

The paper pays special emphasis on the application of this knowledge to contemporary social problems. Students will be asked to trouble their analytical lens, appreciate how social problems are part of the fabric of society and discuss ways by which they could be addressed.

Paper title Advanced Sociological Theory
Paper code SOCI402
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,098.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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72 300-level SOCI points
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Patrick Vakaoti
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:
  • Use sociological theory to critically engage with social problems
  • Identify oppressive social structures and their relationship to social problems
  • Advance theoretical considerations to an identified case study of a social issue
Paper Structure
The paper covers these key areas:
  • Theoretical perspectives on social problems
  • The interface between personal and social issues
  • Identification of local and global contemporary challenges
  • Theoretically informed responses to social problems
There is no set text. Readings will be made available on Blackboard.
Teaching Arrangements
A two-hour on-campus workshop per week.
72 300-level SOCI points.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 15-16, 18-22, 28-33