Aotearoa New Zealand Society

Course code 74111

This online course introduces you to the concepts of social structure, culture and change in Aotearoa New Zealand since the 1980s, with a particular focus on the importance of class, gender, sexuality, and ethnic relations.

The course examines the historical underpinnings of the social democratic consensus and investigates the effects of post-1984 changes to the welfare state and economy. The course also covers the following as they relate to contemporary social formations: social policy and welfare, and key concepts associated with political change such as ideology, representation and power.

Through this online course you will develop skills of analysis, argument, expression, and a practical knowledge of contemporary issues.

For more information watch the course introduction video below.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 5  
    Credits 20 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.1667  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1 enrol by 12 Feb 2019 to start 25 Feb 2019
    Trimester 2 enrol by 23 Jun 2019 to start 1 Jul 2019
    Trimester 3 enrol by 20 Oct 2019 to start 28 Oct 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 1, 2 & 3 2019 Online only
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 10-12 hours study time per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $730 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students $2,254 + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites Check entry and other requirements under the qualification you are studying  

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Explain core social science concepts.
  • Apply social science concepts – class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ideology, representation and power - to the Aotearoa New Zealand context.
  • Identify and interpret processes of social, historical and cultural change in Aotearoa New Zealand society.


This course is 100% internally assessed

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

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