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Aim/Mission Statement

The Sociology Department offers students an important opportunity to explore and discover the social world in a new light. Students are challenged to think critically and clearly about human behaviour in all its diversity.

Current issues are explored in-depth with the emphasis on New Zealand social issues, such as race, health, education, justice and religion.

This clearly enables students to clarify their own values, as well as critique the viewpoints of others in a balanced manner, thus assisting them in taking their place as informed, well-rounded citizens.

About the Department

The Teacher in Charge of Sociology continually liaises with other teachers and lecturers of Sociology, and is a senior member of the Beacon Schools Senior Social Studies action group; which assists teachers throughout New Zealand with NCEA issues in this subject area.

A small computer suite in the Sociology room provides instant access, via the internet, to research material.

The department has extensive multimedia materials for enhancing the understanding of the topics covered.

Guest speakers for selected topics enrich the learning process in areas such as law, family issues and religion.

Trips to appropriate venues such as the Auckland City Hindu Temple are arranged.

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Sociology at Level 3 is about how societies work and how people can participate in their communities as informed, critical, active, and responsible citizens.

Students examine the causes and effects of social issues that relate to identity, culture, and organisation, and learn to take actions that may bring about social improvement. They investigate how individuals, communities, and societies respond to change and how ideas about society develop over time.

The study at Level 3 focuses on two key learning objectives:

  • Understand how policy changes are influenced by and impact on the rights, roles, and responsibilities of individuals and communities
  • Understand how ideologies shape society and that individuals and groups respond differently to these beliefs.

This pathway provides students with knowledge and skills that are relevant for a wide range of occupations such as human resources, social research, social policy formation, law, social work, nursing, primary, secondary and tertiary teaching, medicine, personnel management, resource management, journalism, engineering, town planning, architecture and more.

At Glenfield College this Level 3 course uses a sociological approach to examine society today, providing a deeper understanding of humans. It is a qualifying course for University and other tertiary opportunities. It flows on particularly well to Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy. It focuses on social change caused by governments and organizations as well as the ideas which drive these changes. The course has a strong current issues focus with an emphasis on values systems in society.

Where possible topics studied will be constructed collaboratively with students taking the course. Topics of study could include:

  • Cultural / Ideological Conflict: Conducting a critical social inquiry – A major social issue of concern chosen by the student.
  • Walking the talk: Involves examining personal involvement in a social action(s) that aims to influence policy change(s).
  • Animal Welfare / Rights: Examining a campaign of social action(s) to influence policy change(s).