Sociology is the study of society: that is, how people organise and participate in groups and larger social structures, and how societies change.
Sociologists ask questions about society that challenge what is normally taken for granted, in order to lead to new insights.
- What do different social groups perceive social reality to be and how does everyone come to know it?
- How and what do people learn from their parents, peers, elders, teachers, television and the internet?
- Why does conflict occur in some societies?
- Who decides what acceptable behaviour is and what is deviant?
- How can we best explain the way societies change?
If you study Sociology you will discuss these issues by focusing on particular themes such as crime, the family, popular culture, research methods, the media, work and globalisation.
Degree available in TaurangaBachelor of Social Sciences
Sociology can also be taken as a second major or supporting subject within most degrees.
PapersSOCP102 Introduction to Social Policy
SOCY101 Introduction to Sociology
Read more about studying Sociology at the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus.