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Study Sociology at Otago

Aquinas students


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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See the full list of Sociology (SOCI) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Sociology

Level Papers Points

SOCI 101  Sociology of New Zealand Society

SOCI 102  Cultural and Social Identities




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 SPEX 208




SOCI 301  Mixed Methods

Three papers from GEND 311 and 300-level SOCI papers, one of which may be replaced with any 300-level GEND paper or SPEX 312 or SPEX 315




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

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total   360

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


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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Sociology

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Sociology is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology

  • Thesis: SOCI 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Sociology or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Sociology must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Sociology prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology - coursework option


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Minor Subject Requirements

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

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), 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

One 300-level SOCI paper


One 18 point SOCI paper may be replaced by any GEND paper at the appropriate level, SPEX 312, SPEX 315 or STAT 110.




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