The Sociology Programme
Undergraduate studies in Sociology
Sociology can be studied as a major or a minor subject within the Bachelor of Arts three-year
degree programme. Many students majoring in other areas include sociology papers in their
degree. Download the full Course Booklet (181kb pdf) here.
Micro-sociology and Macro-sociology
In the first year Sociology students are introduced to the classical theorists and the
major subdivisions of micro-sociology and macro-sociology.
Micro-sociology is the study of people at the small-scale, personal level. It concerns one-on-one
interactions or interactions in small groups, where the focus is on individual thought and
Macro-sociology is the study of people at the large scale, societal level. It concerns interactions between large groups or even between societies. Through the study of macrosociology, we can better understand patterns and structures within societies, cultures and organisations.
Second and third-year courses build on and extend this basic knowledge within the micro-macro streams.Top of page
Sociological research methodologies
There is also a research stream at second and third year which introduces students to sociological research methodologies., which students can apply to their own case study topics.
Combining Sociology with other subjects
Sociology combines well with other courses of study at the University, including:
- Gender Studies
- Mäori Studies
- Pacific Islands Studies
- Physical Education
- Political Science
- Social Work
Sociology as a Major subject
To your Sociology papers you can add papers from other departments and programmes to gain your degree, but you must fullfil the basic requirements.
Sociology as a Minor subject
Sociology can be taken as a minor subject for a range of subjects and degrees.
If you have any questions regarding how to combine papers, please contact us.