Introduction to Sociology

    Course details

    • Code: SSSW.5114
    • Fee: $716*
    • Level: 5
    • Credits: 15
    • EFTS: 0.125
    • Subject: Social Work
Study optionsFull-time
Time in class75 (approximate total hours)
Offered (indicative)Semester 2
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Related programmes Bachelor of Social Work;

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to sociology, examining the “sociological imagination”, as well as key sociological theories including functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism. Students will also examine the key social structures and institutions as well as sociological concepts of particular relevance to social work practice including social stratification, marginalisation and social change.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Examine key sociological theories and concepts in relation to ‘real life’ situations.
  2. Describe the key social structures in an international and local context.
  3. Describe the key social institutions and explore the process by which they contribute to our socialisation.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of relationship between social movements and social change, using examples from the New Zealand context.

*Course cost/fee: Indicative standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the Programmes and Tuition Fees for International Students information page.

*Course cost/fee last updated 13-Dec-2016

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017