SOCI111-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Exploring Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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

Learning Outcomes

  • The question ‘What is the study of society?’ underpins the learning outcomes in this course. This
    question is used to introduce 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, death, the city, the environment and religion.

    As you attend lectures and tutorials in SOCI111 you will begin to engage in and be excited by
    sociological 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 introduced to key sociological ideas and will use them to explore relationships, meanings, activities, events and taken-for-granted assumptions about social life. In the process, you will be introduced to critical ways of thinking and develop your ‘sociological imagination’. This entails making connections between personal experiences and the social and historical contexts within which such experiences are produced. The course will enable you to reflect on these connections and how you make sense of them. We hope you will find it intellectually challenging and personally rewarding.

    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, health 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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      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.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      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.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 K1 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 C2 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 244
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Jack Erskine 244
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 244
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
05 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
06 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 446
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
07 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 244
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

You will need to choose a tutorial day and time that suits you and allocate yourself to that tutorial group. However, groups can only accommodate 30 students each, so if a group that suits you is full you will need to choose another.

Students are expected to attend the TWO lectures and ONE tutorial per week, complete the set reading BEFORE the tutorial and complete all assignments by their due date.

Tutorials are held each week and they build on the previous lectures. Tutorials begin in the second
week of the course. Your tutors are your main line of support for this course. They are there to guide
you through the weekly tutorials, help you prepare for your quizzes, your essay and final test and also answer any questions you have about the lectures and the course in general.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Tiina Vares


Ruth McManus , Shinya Uekusa and Michael Grimshaw


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Tutorial attendance 10%
On-Line Quiz #1 10%
Essay 1 30%
Online quiz #2 10%
Take Home Test 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

McManus, Ruth et al; Exploring society : sociology for New Zealand students ; 4th edition; Auckland University Press, 2019.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* 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

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