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This is an interdisciplinary course providing students with a wide-ranging introduction to the Social Sciences – covering economics, human geography, political science and sociology. It is the second of two courses that explore the key debates, ideas and arguments in the social sciences today. The course is adapted from an Open University course, supplemented by discussions and examples from Aotearoa New Zealand.
Students examine how contemporary societies are made and repaired through three themes; material lives, connected lives and ordered lives. The course builds on its prerequisite 74112: Making Social Lives, by moving from the local, to the national and global scales. Key areas of focus covered through the three themes include: critical measures of economic progress and sustainable socio-economic practices; the impacts of migration, social change and globalization; and finally, how structures of governance and order are maintained by nation states. Throughout the course students are introduced to key social science methodologies, theories and encouraged to reflect on how arguments and knowledge claims are made and justified.
This course is not available to international students.
Before enrolling in this course you need to:
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.
If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us
Critical exploration of the market economy, risk society, measures of sustainability and the ‘green society’
Critical exploration of migration, culture and nation states, focusing on movement and social change in relation to social identities
Critical exploration of the state and social order, including how threats to social order are identified and managed.
This course is 100% internally assessed