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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