SOCI368-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

The Politics of Need: Globalisation, Poverty and Welfare Provision

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 16 July 2018
End Date: Sunday, 18 November 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 27 July 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 12 October 2018


An advanced study of globalisation that examines how our new world of risk (including global financial risk) shapes our experiences of wealth, poverty and belonging. As well as using case studies from around the world, it covers groundbreaking theorisations of globalisation and an interrogation of New Zealand's place in a global world.

Learning Outcomes

To explore the  global trends in social need  and the varying governmental responses locally and internationally.
To develop an understanding of the key aspects of citizenship debates as they apply to the politics of need.
To link global and local understanding  of citizenship  through the  examination of  case studies of  need  drawn from  Aotearoa/New Zealand, around the world and  your own  lived experience.
To become familiar with ways in which community development  deepens these understandings of globalisation and poverty.

The Politics of Need is a critical engagement with global society and the issues that have and continue to arise. What does - and can - society mean? What are the debates, challenges and possibilities as we find ourselves in the second decade of the 21st century? Why does Need still occur? How can we think critically past the all-too-often simplistic pieties and blames of both the left and the right? How are governments, think tanks, NGOs, social movements, intellectuals and public debate responding?
To provide some tools for analysis we look at three different theories on globalisation (each theory draws on a different theoretical so each explains the social causes and consequences of globalisation differently. This course is not concerned whether you agree with other people or the lecturer. You do not have to agree with any one of the theories. But, you must be able to clearly and thoughtfully articulate your position having read deeply and widely. Having covered the conceptual ground we then begin to explore ways in which globalisation transforms citizenship.  Using a series of case studies we critically debate food, energy, work, identity, health, age, mobility, housing, ICT, electronic governance and resistance and new partnerships.  We also consider the ways in which people are responding to and within  this  complex, globally informed world. Central to this is the experience- and future/s of the welfare state.

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.


30 points of SOCI including 15 points at 200 level; OR 30 points of SOCI or
ANTH at 200 level; OR 60 points in related subjects including 30 points at 200 level with the approval of the Head of Department.


SOCI268, SOCI348 (prior to 2006), HSRV205

Course Coordinator

Michael Grimshaw


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Esssay One 30% 2500-3000 words
Essay 2 30% 2500-3000 words
Reading assignments (4) 40% 1000 words each

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,493.00

International fee $6,075.00

* 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 SOCI368 Occurrences

  • SOCI368-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018