SOCI111-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Exploring Society

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

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.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 244 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 244 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
05 Monday 17:00 - 18:00 Jack Erskine 244 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
06 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
07 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 441 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Ruth McManus

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Tutorial attendance & participation 10%
On-Line Quiz x 2 (10% each) 20% Quiz No 1 in term 1, Quiz No 2 in term 2.
Essay 1 30 Mar 2018 30% 2000 words
Take Home Test 15 Jun 2018 40% 4 x 500 word short essays

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

McManus, Ruth, Matthewman, Steve, Brickell, Chris, McLennan, Gregor, Spoonley, Paul; Exploring Society; 4th edition; Auckland University Press.

Additional Course Outline Information

Where to submit and collect work

Essay boxes are located on the ground floor of the Geography - Psychology building (car park entrance)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST 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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