SOCI111-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Exploring Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


An introduction to the major themes in contemporary sociology in a way that is relevant to New Zealand culture and society.

SOCI111 introduces you to the discipline of Sociology. Sociology explores people and society. It examines our social institutions; our families, the state, and social relationships like gender and ethnicity, to help make sense of how we both experience and interpret our rapidly changing world. In Exploring Society the topics covered include: health, gender, sexuality, sport, death, the city, crime and religion.

Sociologists use a variety of methods to gather information and analyse anything from major world events to seemingly mundane everyday practices. As you attend lectures and tutorials in SOCI111 you will hopefully begin to grasp some of the excitement of this process of analysis. You will be involved as both participants and contributors in analysing some of the major trends and events of our time. You will be asked to make use of and extend the basic sociological method – asking questions – about taken-for-granted social worlds, activities and events. In the process, you will be introduced to critical ways of thinking, and we will encourage you to develop sociological imaginations. Such imaginations will allow you to make connections between personal experiences, and the social and historical contexts within which such experiences are produced. They will hopefully provoke you to raise questions that enable you to critically reflect on both the connections, and how you make sense of them. Whether you intend continuing in sociology or not, we hope you will find the course to be rewarding.

Learning Outcomes

  • As a result of doing this course we hope that you will gain a greater appreciation of sociology as a discipline; that you will develop a good understanding of the scope and potential of the sociological endeavour; and that you will begin to lay a foundation of research, reading, reflection and writing skills that will stand you in good stead for involvement in further courses whether within the School of Social and Political Science or not.

    By the end of this course, you will:
  • be able to appreciate Sociology as a discipline
  • have a good understanding of the scope and potential of the sociological endeavour
  • have developed reading, writing and reflection skills that will stand you in good stead for involvement in further courses
  • be able to think about  issues  that concern you  from a sociological perspective
  • demonstrate a familiarity with main topics in the discipline ( e.g. gender, crime, class etc)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Course Coordinator

Ruth McManus


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tutorial attendance 10% 1% per tutorial
On-Line Quiz #1 12 Mar 2021 10% Opens 9am Monday 8 March
Essay 1 02 Apr 2021 30% 2000 words
Online quiz #2 21 May 2021 10% Opens 9am Monday 17 May
Take Home Test 18 Jun 2021 40% 4 x 500 word short essays - opens 9am 14 June.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All SOCI111 Occurrences

  • SOCI111-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022