SOCI263-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Sociology of the Everyday World

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


This course introduces students to a range of issues associated with the sociology of the everyday world. It examines how the elements of everyday life - shopping, credit cards, leisure, the meaning of home, food, relationships with companion animals, and other student selected topics reveal our entanglement with wider social processes. Everyday worlds will also be examined as a nexus for our engagement with contemporary issues ranging from environmental awareness to social justice.

This course will critically reflect on our experiences of everyday life. It will draw on a variety of theoretical approaches to everyday life and examples from both New Zealand and abroad. In New Zealand, everyday life may be shaped by our experiences of living in the suburbs, eating at McDonalds, shopping malls, having credit card debts, holidays at the beach, having pets, working in tourism, and sharing this country with millions of cows and sheep.  Our online world shapes many of these experiences.
Everyday life is understood as those aspects of life which are often routine and unremarkable, but which provide an entry point to the key social processes. Daily practices are valued by ordinary people as it is in them that people are least controlled by institutions, and their potential to foster resistance to the structures of capitalist life has motivated recent scholarship in this field. As an introduction to the political potential of everyday worlds, the course questions whether the current problems (the environmental ones are a good example) appear too abstract and distant to ordinary people, and explores how lived experience provides a nexus for engaging more with them, how habit can be dynamic and facilitate radical change. For the example of the environment, this includes daily practices such as consumption choices, or recycling, or cleaning up favourite local places as well as joining organisations related to the environment.  The course will also situate sociology of every day worlds in the discipline of sociology as a whole.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, you are expected to:
  • understand how New Zealanders experience everyday life and its potential for support of
           political outcomes
  • gain a deeper understanding of how everyday life is embedded in time and space,  
  • apply sociological understandings to experiences of everyday life,
  • analyse each concept critically using a suite of sociological tools,
  • develop academic skills e.g. argumentation and presentation.


15 points of SOCI or
ANTH at 100 level; OR 45 points in related subjects with the approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Karl Popper 612 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 A7 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 Karl Popper 612 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Elsie Locke 611a 22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Alison Loveridge


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Online posts on readings/lectures 25% Due weekly on 8 weeks of your choice
Essay 16 Aug 2019 30% Visual evidence essay
Essay 11 Oct 2019 25% Public Observation Essay
Test 20% End of course

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Scott, Susie; Making sense of everyday life; Polity, 2009.

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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All SOCI263 Occurrences

  • SOCI263-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019