SOCI112-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Global Society

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


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 processes

As 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?”

Learning Outcomes

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 skills

You 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?

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 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 C2 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 460 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 141 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
03 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 West 212 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
04 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 446 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
05 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Geography 602 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
06 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 446 23 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

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.

Course Coordinator

Greg Newbold

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.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay One 23 Aug 2018 20% 1500 words
Essay Two 04 Oct 2018 20% 1500 words
Tutorial attendance 10%
Final Exam 50% Final Exam


Required Texts

Macionis, John J. , Plummer, Kenneth; Sociology : a global introduction; 5th ed; Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2012.

Recommended Reading

Cohen, Robin , Kennedy, Paul T; Global sociology; 2nd ed; Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Germov, John; Get great marks for your essays; Allen & Unwin, 1996.

Hawkins, Mary; Global structures, local cultures; Oxford University Press, 2006.

Kelsey, Jane; Serving whose interests? : the political economy of trade in services agreements; Routledge-Cavendish, 2008.

Lechner, Frank J. , Boli, John; The globalization reader; 3rd ed; Blackwell Pub, 2008.

McLennan, Gregor. , McManus, Ruth., Spoonley, Paul; Exploring society : sociology for New Zealand students; 3rd ed; Pearson Education New Zealand, 2010.

Mills, C. Wright; The sociological imagination; Oxford University Press, 1959.

Mooney, Annabelle , Evans, Betsy; Globalisation : the key concepts; Routledge, 2007.

Pearce, Fred; Confessions of an eco-sinner : tracking down the sources of my stuff; Beacon Press, 2008.

Ritzer, George; The Blackwell companion to globalization; Blackwell Pub, 2007.

Wise, J. Macgregor; Cultural globalization : a user's guide; Blackwell, 2008.

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 $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.

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