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 & Anthropology
Sports has inspired people after the earthquakes
27 January 2015 A University of Canterbury postgraduate student says sports inspired people in Christchurch after the earthquakes. (read article)
Greater understanding of women needed
16 January 2015 A University of Canterbury sociology graduate researcher has identified a need for a greater understanding of the ways unintended childlessness impacts on women's lives. (read article)
21 November 2014
Anthropology post-graduates were well represented at the recent joint conference of the New Zealand and Australian Anthropology Associations, held in Queenstown from 10 – 14 November 2014. Andrea Herbert (recent PhD graduate in Anthropology), Eva Maureau, Rosa Persendt, Tuhina Ganguly and Chandan Bose (PhD candidates in Anthropology) all gave papers at the conference. Dr Zhifang Song (Anthropology lecturer) also gave a paper at the conference.