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Belinda Davies BA in Sociology and BSc in Psychology
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Sociology

Why study Sociology?

If you want to study how the modern world came to be the way it is, what is happening and why, and what alternatives are possible, Sociology is for you.

The raw stuff of Sociology is human experience. Sociology is where human experience, both individual and public, singular and collective meet. These public and private stories make up the sociological imagination and  this results in many different social realities.

We all exist within ever-changing social worlds, forces, groups, ideologies and institutions that make up what is called society.

Sociology is the study of these ever-changing social realities and the sociological imagination that gives rise to them. Sociology is where you research, argue and critique the social world in all its fullness.

Sociologists investigate the structure of societies, organisations and groups. Their subject matter ranges from the intimacy of the family, the criminal gang, activities at the rugby game and rock festival, through to divisions of ethnicity, gender and class. All of these and many more areas, including globalisation, postcolonialism, cities, technologies, environment, health and the social organisation of death, are included in the Sociology programme taught at UC.

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Sociology and Anthropology Events, News and Announcements

Mike Grimshaw Edits Palgrave Special Issue

16 October 2015: Dr Mike Grimshaw (Sociology) has guest-edited a special issue “Radical theologies” of the Palgrave open access journal Palgrave Communications. Read more...

Locke Provides Endorsement for Hyena Book

9 October 2015: Dr Piers Locke has provided an endorsement for “Among The Bone-Eaters: Encounters with Hyenas in Harar”, a new book by anthropologist Marcus Baynes-Rock, published by Pennsylvania University Press. Read more...

Interview with Piers Locke on Fellowship at Rachel Carson Center

9 October 2015: A short video interview with Dr Piers Locke on "Humans and Elephants in Nepal and Multispecies Ethnography” from his time earlier this year as a fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich is now available through the Carson Center website and on YouTube. Read more...

Shark Diving Helps Anthropology PhD Student

2 October 2015: UC Anthropology doctoral student Raj Aich was featured in the Southland Times this week. Dr. Raj Sekhar Aich is undertaking research into cage diving and how people photograph sharks in the hope that he can help save the apex predator. Read more...

Social Movements Course Offered In 2016

18 September 2015: SOCI 361 – Social Movements will be offered next year again by Dr. Anne Scott in the Sociology and Anthropology Dept. This course is about the how and why of social movements. What part do emotions play in motivating people to get involved? Read more...

Mutual Act of Community Outreach

18 September 2015: The Sociology course, SOCI244: On Death And Dying, had a very successful class trip to Academy Funeral Services at 65 Main South Road, Sockburn. Every year Academy Funeral Services opens its doors to UoC as it sees the University and our students as part of its local community. Read more...

Greg Newbold Invited To Speak To Treasury

18 September 2015: On 8 September, Professor Greg Newbold gave an invited lecture to the New Zealand Department of the Treasury on the topic, ‘The Political and Economic Implications of Three Strikes and You’re Out’. Read more...

History of Emotions Conference

11 September 2015: Sessional lecturer in human services and social work, Dr Cindy Zeiher recently presented a paper at the History of Emotions Conference hosted by the Stout Centre for New Zealand Studies in Wellington. Read more...

Socio-technical Study of the Effects of the Christchurch Earthquakes Published

14 August 2015: Dr Ruth McManus, in collaboration with recent Sociology Honours/ Masters student Jasmine Gallagher has just published “It really was a shock to the system”- a socio-technical study of the effects of the Christchurch earthquakes on water conservation habits. Read more...

Tillich Essay Published

22nd June 2015: Mike Grimshaw (Sociology) has an essay titled, "The Irrelevance and Relevance of the Radical, Impure Tillich," in Retrieving the Radical Tillich. Read more...

Grant Received for Custody Research

8th May 2015: Dr. Anne Scott, with associated community based researchers, received a small grant of $2580 to pilot some research on child custody issues for parents with mental illnesses or addictions. Read more...

Psychological Recovery Studied

8th May 2015: Mike Grimshaw (Sociology) is part of a multi-university research team that has had a paper "Regional Differences in the Psychological Recovery of Christchurch Residents Following the 2010/2011 Earthquakes: A Longitudinal Study" published in the open access journal PLOS ONE. Read more...

Elephantine Anomalies

17th April 2015: Piers Locke has had an article published in Gajah, the journal of the IUCN’s Asian Elephant Specialist Group titled “The Anomalous Elephant: Terminological Dilemmas and The Incalcitrant Domestication Debate”. Read more...

Ancestral Temples Researched

13th March 2015: Patrick McAllister and Zhifang Song are participating in an international research project on the revival of the interconnections between Southeast Asian overseas Chinese temples, native-place and common surname associations and their founding temples and ancestral halls in coastal Southeast China. Read more...

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