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SOCI101 Sociology of New Zealand Society

An introduction to core concepts in sociology, dealing in particular with class, gender and race/ethnicity.

SOCI 101 will provide an introduction to key concepts in sociology and apply them to case studies in New Zealand society. The paper concentrates on issues of race/ethnicity, gender and class in New Zealand society. Additionally, SOCI 101 is set up to act as an introduction to the academic skills required for studying sociology at university level.

Paper title Sociology of New Zealand Society
Paper code SOCI101
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music

Suitable for undergraduate students interested in the study of society and identity.


Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator:  Professor Hugh Campbell

Teaching Arrangements
This paper is 100% internally assessed.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline
A course outline will be made available at the start of the teaching semester.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes

Objective 1: By the end of the paper students will understand the processes involved in individual socialisation:

  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the socially constructed nature of categories such as class, gender and race
  • Be able to differentiate between the mechanisms of social (structure) and personal (agency)
  • Be able to identify the tensions between social (structure) and personal (agency)

Objective 2: At the completion of this paper students will have achieved the following objectives outlined in the Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Standards at an elementary or intermediary level:

  • To recognise the need for information and determine the nature and extent of the information needed
  • To find needed information effectively and efficiently
  • To critically evaluate information and the information seeking process
  • To manage information collected or generated
  • To apply prior and new information to construct new concepts or create new understandings

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-21
A2 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-21
AND one stream from
B1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22
B2 Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 13:00-13:50 10-14, 16-21
A2 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10-14, 16, 18-21
A3 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10-14, 16, 18-21
A4 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10-14, 16-21
A5 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 10-14, 16-21
A6 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10-14, 16-21
A7 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10-14, 16-21
A8 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 10-14, 16-21
A9 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10-14, 16-21
A10 Thursday 11:00-11:50 10-14, 16-21
A11 Thursday 15:00-15:50 10-14, 16-21
A12 Friday 09:00-09:50 10-13, 16-21
A13 Friday 10:00-10:50 10-13, 16-21
A14 Friday 11:00-11:50 10-13, 16-21
A15 Friday 12:00-12:50 10-13, 16-21