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Study Sociology at Otago

Aquinas students

Overview

Sociology is the study of people, societies and social groups. The aim of sociology is to understand and explain aspects of social behaviour and relationships.

Sociology encourages the critical analysis of people's participation in social processes and focuses attention on the dynamics of power, inequality, social divisions, and personal and cultural identity. There is an emphasis on the way in which these dynamics and social structures change over time.

The subject matter of sociology traverses a broad range of topics including class, gender, and ethnicity; health, education and welfare; the media; politics; environmental issues; religion; social movements work; sport and leisure; and social policy.

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Contact details

Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work
280 Leith Walk
Dunedin 9016
Email sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/sgsw

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Sociology (SOCI) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Sociology

Level Papers Points
100-level

SOCI 101  Sociology of New Zealand Society

SOCI 102  Cultural and Social Identities

18

18

200-level

SOCI 201  Sociological Research in Practice

Two further 200-level SOCI papers, one of which may be replaced with any 200-level GEND paper or CRIM 201 Crime, Justice and Society or PHSE 206  Sociology of Sport

18

36

300-level

SOCI 301  Mixed Methods

Three further 300-level SOCI papers, one of which may be replaced with any 300-level GEND paper or PHSE 338 Advanced Sociology of Sport.

18

 54

Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Sociology

Papers

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Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology

Thesis
  • Thesis: SOCI 5

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Minor Subject Requirements

Sociology as a minor subject for a BA, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level Two 100-level SOCI papers 36
200-level Two 200-level SOCI papers 36
300-level

One 300-level SOCI paper

18

One 18 point SOCI paper may be replaced by any GEND paper at the appropriate level, PHSE 338, or STAT 110.

 
Total

 

90

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