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‘A Bachelor of Arts degree allows you to take classes from different subjects...’

Moana Mauauri Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology
English Teacher, South Korea
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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.

News and Announcements


SAANZ Conference 2014 - Department of Sociology and Anthropology will be hosting this years annual conference of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) “The social impact of the Canterbury earthquakes from 3rd – 5th December.

Greg Newbold recently attended the Leading Justice Symposium organised by the Minister of Justice at Parliament House. Opened by the Prime Minister, the objective of the symposium was to assist the government in mapping the way for justice policy over the next decade. The meeting consisted of 60 invited specialists, including chief executives of police, corrections, justice, the NZ parole board, several high court judges including the Chief Justice, and a handful of renowned academics from Australia and the UK. Greg Newbold was one of the 17 participants, and the only NZ academic, invited to present at the forum.

Movers and Shakers: Women’s Stories from the Christchurch Earthquakes

The final report of an oral history project documenting women’s experiences of the Christchurch earthquakes has just been uploaded on QuakeStudies on UC CEISIMC – University of Canterbury’s Digital Earthquake Archive.

Movers and Shakers provides a vivid account of the earthquake experiences of over 150 Christchurch women of different ages, located in different parts of the city and involved in a variety of different post-quake community activities. More detailed stories, and sometimes audio recordings of the interviews on which this report is based, are available in the NCWNZ Women’s Voices archive.

The Women’s Voices project was initiated and organised by the National Council of Women of New Zealand Christchurch Branch, but the project has been housed in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and supported by UC CEISMIC. Two UC Summer Scholarship students, Amanda England (Sociology) and Elizabeth Ashby (Anthropology), have contributed to the project and it received a grant from the UC CEISMIC Contestable fund which funded work by Dr Rosemary Baird, UC oral historian.

Further oral history interviews and analysis of the findings was funded by a grant from the Lottery Community Sector Research Grant Committee in 2013-14. The report is also available on the Community Research website.