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Combining sociological theory and concepts with arguments and examples drawn from around the globe, this course conveys the scope and value of sociology for understanding the complex and fast-changing world in which we live.
Globalisation. No doubt you have encountered this concept in your daily travels through the internet, television, newspapers, and magazines. But what is globalisation, really? Where did this concept come from? What role does it play in the things you do: the clothes you wear, the sports you engage in, the food you eat, the places you visit? As a student in this course you will be involved in analysing some major events and trends of our time as they are mediated through the set of processes referred to as globalisation. You will have the opportunity to explore social experiences of people in various countries and contexts; the inequalities that have resulted from these globalising processes; and the dynamics and challenges these processes pose for a global society. The course is theme-based, so we will be coming back to a set of core themes throughout the semester. These are: The “local” and the “global” being constituted together Understanding power relations and inequalities in our world Social change and transformation as ongoing processesAs you go through the course, you might want to consider a question which has been core to many of the globalisation debates over the past 20 years: “To what extent is globalisation a good thing?”
By the end of the course, we anticipate that you will: Develop your sociological imagination Understand some sociological perspectives on globalisation Develop skills in analysis, reflection and formal essay writing Lay a foundation of research skillsYou will also have a deeper understanding of three questions underpinning the course: How are the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ related? How do power relations structure globalisation processes? How and why is social transformation occurring in our time?
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Weekly tutorials will be held. You will be automatically enrolled in a tutorial by the university enrolment system. Please note that attendance at tutorials is a required part of the course. Moreover, 10% of your grade is based on tutorial participation, which is based on discussion of course concepts.
Teaching in Soci 112 will be provided in two main contexts: lectures and tutorials. The course is team-taught, so lectures will be delivered by a variety of lecturers within the sociology department. You will have a single tutor throughout the course, who is a post-graduate student with expertise in relevant areas of sociology. Hopefully the benefit of all of this teaching input will be consolidated as you complete the assignments in the course. If you wish to discuss some area of your learning further, you can take your questions to your tutor, or make contact with the relevant lecturer.
Macionis, John J. , Plummer, Kenneth;
Sociology : a global introduction;
Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2012.
Cohen, Robin , Kennedy, Paul T;
Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Get great marks for your essays;
Allen & Unwin, 1996.
Global structures, local cultures;
Oxford University Press, 2006.
Serving whose interests? : the political economy of trade in services agreements;
Lechner, Frank J. , Boli, John;
The globalization reader;
Blackwell Pub, 2008.
McLennan, Gregor. , McManus, Ruth., Spoonley, Paul;
Exploring society : sociology for New Zealand students;
Pearson Education New Zealand, 2010.
Mills, C. Wright;
The sociological imagination;
Oxford University Press, 1959.
Mooney, Annabelle , Evans, Betsy;
Globalisation : the key concepts;
Confessions of an eco-sinner : tracking down the sources of my stuff;
Beacon Press, 2008.
The Blackwell companion to globalization;
Blackwell Pub, 2007.
Wise, J. Macgregor;
Cultural globalization : a user's guide;
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Referencing for Sociology
Using EndNote for referencing
Writing guides for Sociology
Essay boxes are located on the ground floor of the Geography - Psychology building (car park entrance)
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* 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.