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SOCIOL 101/101G: Understanding Aotearoa New Zealand

SEMESTER 2, 2020

15 points

 

Lecturer:  Aimee Simpson

Lecture times: 

Thursdays, 10-11am, Owen G Glenn Building, Room  098 (260-098)

Fridays, 9-10am, Owen G Glenn Building, Room 098 (260-098)

Email: aimee.simpson@auckland.ac.nz

Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm in 201E-910 (Social Sciences Building)
or by appointment.

Tutorial: You will also attend one tutorial (enrol via SSO) beginning in Week 1

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Well-being always comes first

We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. 
There is lots of help out there - for more information, 
look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

 

Course Description       

The course invites you to think sociologically about life in Aotearoa New Zealand. In focusing on the social processes, institutions and identities that make New Zealand what it is today, the course asks you to think in possibly new and different ways about what it means to live here today.

In particular, you will have an opportunity to explore the way in which your life and the lives of your family and friends are shaped by major axes of difference such as:

  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Class

Additionally, you will get to explore a number of current social debates, for example, about violence, punishment and the environment. We will use both written texts and audio-visual material to examine these matters.

The course introduces you to central and at times complex sociological ideas and concepts, so if you want to get the most out of the course you should:

  • make coming to class and tutorials a top priority;
  • commit yourself to reading and studying for 8-10 hours per week on average over the semester;
  • be willing to actively participate through sharing your thoughts and relevant experiences in both lectures and tutorials;
  • and be open to new perspectives and ideas.

If you do all of these things, I am confident that not only will you enjoy the course, you will succeed too!

 

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course you should:

  • Be able to define and apply a range of sociological concepts to the study of society
  • Be able to explain the sociological imagination and apply it to a range of social issues
  • Have a foundational sociological understanding of New Zealand society
  • Have developed skills in analysing sociological readings

 

Assessment Summary

(for more in-depth information see the Course Outline .docx file under 'Files' tab)

1. Take Home test (worth 20%)

The test will provide you with invaluable feedback on your understanding of the issues and key concepts we have looked at from Weeks 1-5. Tutorials are essential in preparing you for this test. Your tutor will go over the test format during Tutorial 4 (week 5). The test will be released on Monday 31st of August at 12pm and is due on Tuesday the 1st of September at 12pm (24 hours to complete)

2. Responsive Reading Assessment 2000 words (worth 30%) due at 4pm Wednesday 7th October, 2020 (Week 9)

3. Final Examination (worth 50%): Date TBA

 

LATE WORK MAY INCUR A PENALTY:  CLICK HERE FOR LATE WORK POLICY

 

Prescribed Texts

 

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You need to purchase the course textbook, A Land of Milk and Honey? from the University Bookshop. Most assigned readings are in this text and these are a key part of the course. They will provide the basis for discussions in class and tutorials, the reading assignment, the in-class test and the final exam. Any assigned readings not in the textbook will be available electronically through Talis.

Some further readings are available from the library course page (http://coursepages.library.auckland.ac.nz/sociol/101/).

To enable you to read more widely with ease the following books have been placed in the Short Term Loan Collection in the Kate Edgar Building:

Bell, Claudia (ed.). 2001. Sociology of Everyday Life in New Zealand. Palmerston North: Dunmore.

Liu, James H., Timothy McCreanor, Tracey McIntosh and Teresia Teaiwa (eds.). 2005. New Zealand Identities: Departures and Destinations. Wellington: Victoria University Press.

McLennan, Gregor, Ruth McManus and Paul Spoonley (eds.). 2010. Exploring Society: Sociology for New Zealand Students. Auckland: Pearson.

Novitz, David and Bill Willmott (eds.). 1989. Culture and Identity in New Zealand. Wellington: GP Books.

Roper, Brian S. 2005. Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand since 1935. Southbank, Vic: Thomson.

Spoonley, Paul, Cluny Macpherson and David Pearson (eds.). 2004. Tangata, Tangata: The Changing Ethnic Contours of New Zealand. Southbank, Vic: Thomson.

You will also find interesting things to read in (accessible through the library):

  • New Zealand Sociology
  • Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online
  • Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
  • MAI Review

 

In addition, the following two resources are excellent for working out the meaning of sociological terms and extending your knowledge and insights:

Johnson, Allan G. 2000. The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Ritzer, George (ed.). 2007. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

 

Lecture Outline

Week 1

1: Introduction to Sociology 101: What is Sociology?

                                                                              

2: Private Troubles, Public Issues in Aotearoa New Zealand

Reading (see Canvas 'Reading List'): McLennan, Gregor, Paul Spoonley, Steve Matthewman, Chris Brickell; Ruth McManus (2019). “The Sociological Imagination: Insights, Themes and Skills.” Exploring Society: Sociology for New Zealand Students. 4th ed. (pp. 1-16). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

 

Week 2

3: A Settler Society                                                                          

Reading (in textbook): Wynyard, Matthew. (2017). “Plunder in a Promised Land: Maori Land Alienation and the Genesis of Capitalism in Aotearoa New Zealand”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 13-25). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

 

4: Democracy and Political Representation / Using the Sociological Imagination                          

Reading (in textbook): Shaw, Richard. (2017). “We’re all in this together: Democracy and Politics in Aotearoa New Zealand”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 43-56). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

 

Week 3

5: Māori Sovereignty / Tino Rangatiratanga                   

Reading (in textbook): Walker, Ranginui. (2017). “Rangatiratanga, Kāwanatanga and the Constitution”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 26-43). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

 

6: Political Activism and Land Protests                             

Documentary: Te Reo Television. (1997). Inside New Zealand: Radicals. New Zealand: TV3 Network and New Zealand on Air.

 

Week 4

7: Māori Identities                                                             

Reading (see Canvas 'Reading List'): McIntosh, Tracey. (2005). “Māori Identities: Fixed, Fluid, Forced”. In Liu, J.H., McCreanor, T., McIntosh, T. and Teaiwa, T. (eds.), New Zealand Identities: Departures and Destinations. Wellington: Victoria University Press. 

Suggested additional reading (in textbook): Tukutai, Tahu., and Webber, Melinda. (2017). “Ka Pū te Ruha, Ka Hao te Rangitahi: Māori Identities in the Twenty-first Century”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 71-82). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

 

8: Pākehā Identity                                                              

Reading (in textbook): Matthewman, Steve. (2017). Pākehā Ethnicity: The Politics of Privilege. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 83-92). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Suggested additional reading (see Canvas 'Reading List'): Mikaere, Ani. (2004). “Are We All New Zealanders Now? A Maori Response to the Pakeha Quest for Indigeneity”. Red & Green, 4: 33-45.         

 

 Week 5

9: Neoliberalism

Reading (in textbook): Humpage, Louise. (2017). “The land of me and money? New Zealand society under neoliberalism”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp.121-133). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

 

10: Class Inequality                                                           

Reading (in textbook): McNeill, Kellie. (2017). “The Poor Will Always Be With Us”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds). A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp. 146-157). Auckland University Press.

 

Week 6

9: Take Home Test

 

10: The New Zealand Revolution

Documentary: Bruce, Bryan (2013). Mind the Gap. New Zealand: Red Sky Film & TV Ltd.

 

 Mid-Semester Break – Monday 7 September – Friday 18 September

 

Week 7

13: Migration and Multiculturalism  

                             

14: Chinese New Zealanders                                         

Documentary: Scott, Gary., and Gibson, Dave. (2007). Here to Stay. New Zealand: TVNZ

Reading (see Canvas ‘Reading List’): Ip, Manying., and Pang, David. (2005). “New Zealand Chinese Identity: Sojourners, Model Minority and Multiple Identities”. In: Liu, J.H., McCreanor, T., McIntosh, T. and Teaiwa, T. (eds.) New Zealand Identities: Departures and Destinations. Wellington: Victoria University Press.

Suggested Additional Reading (see Canvas ‘Reading List’): Ward, Colleen., and Lin, En-Yi. (2005). “Immigration, Acculturation and National Identity”. In: Liu, J.H., McCreanor, T., McIntosh, T. and Teaiwa, T. (eds.) New Zealand Identities: Departures and Destinations. (pp. 155-206). Wellington: Victoria University Press.

Additional Documentaries: Bates, John, and Manying, Ip. (2004). New Faces, Old Fears. New Zealand: Bates Productions.

Kiwa Productions. (2002). Inside New Zealand: Chinks, Coconuts and Curry Munchers. New Zealand: TV3.

 

Week 8

15: Pacific New Zealanders                                          

Documentary: Salmon, Dan et al. (2010). Polynesian Panthers: A Documentary. Tumanako Productions.

Reading (in textbook): Mila, Karlo. (2017). “Deconstructing the Big Brown Tails/Tales: Pasifika People in Aotearoa New Zealand”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp.95-107). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Suggested additional reading (see Canvas ‘Reading List’): “Anae, M. (2003). O A’u/I-My identity journey”. In P. Fairbrain-Dunlop and G. S. Makisi (Eds.), Making Our Place: Growing up PI in New Zealand (pp. 19-45). Australia: Dunmore Press Ltd.

 

16: Masculinities                                                                 

Reading (in textbook): Pringle, Richard. (2017). “Man Up? A Socio-historical Examination of Pākehā and Māori Masculinities in Aotearoa New Zealand”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp.198-211). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Suggested additional readings (see Canvas ‘Reading List’): Campbell, Hugh., Law, Robin., and Honeyfield, James. (1999). “'What it Means to be a Man': Hegemonic Masculinity and the Reinvention of Beer.” In R. Law, H. Campbell and J. Dolan (eds.) Masculinities in Aotearoa/New Zealand (pp. 166-186). Palmerston North: Dunmore.

 

Week 9

Assignment due Wednesday, 7th October, 2020, 4 p.m.

Both copies of the assignment (hard copy and electronic) must be submitted by 4pm and they must be exactly the same.

17: Queer Aotearoa                                                     

Reading (see Canvas ‘Reading List’): Town, Shane. (1999). “Queer(Y)ing Masculinities in Schools: Faggots, Fairies and the First XV”. In Law, R., Campbell, H. and Dolan, J. (eds.) Masculinities in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Palmerston North: Dunmore.

Suggested additional reading (in textbook):

Schmidt, Johanna. (2017). “Homosexuality in Aotearoa New Zealand: Regulation and Resistance”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.). A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand Auckland: Auckland University Press, pp.173-185.

 

18: Gender and Paid Work: A Site of In/equality?                   

Reading (in textbook):  Elizabeth, Vivienne. (2017). “Gender Inequalities are a Thing of the Past. Yeah Right!” In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp.212-226). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Suggested Additional Documentary: Nash, Terre, Kent Martin and Marilyn Warning. (1995). Who's Counting?: Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics. New Zealand: National Film Board of Canada and Media Services NZ.

 

Week 10

19: Women’s Movement and Social Change                                                   

Documentary: Goldson, Annie and Dawn Hutchesson. (2004). Sheilas 28 Years on. New Zealand: Smiley Film Distribution.

Reading (in textbook): Schuster, Julia. (2017). “We Still Need Feminisim in Aotearoa: The Achievements and Unfinished Tasks of the Women’s Movement”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand (pp.173-185). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

 

20: A Violent Society?                                                       

Reading (in textbook): Elizabeth, Vivienne. (2017). “No Promised Land: Domestic Violence, Marginalisation and Masculinity”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand, (pp. 239-250). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Suggested additional reading: Currie, Elliott. (1997). Market, Crime and Community: Toward a Mid-Range Theory of Post-Industrial Violence. Theoretical Criminology, 1(2): 147-172.

 

Week 11

21: An Incarcerated Society 

Reading (in textbook): McIntosh, Tracey & Goldman, Bartek. (2017). “Locked up: Incarceration in Aotearoa New Zealand”. In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University Press, pp.251-263.

Suggested additional reading: Pratt, John, and Clark, Marie. (2005). Penal Populisim in New Zealand. Punishment and Society, 7(3): 303-322.

 

22: Green Aotearoa?                                                                               

Reading (in textbook): Tucker, Corinna. (2017). “Clean, Green Aotearoa New Zealand?” In Bell, A., Elizabeth, V., McIntosh, T. and Wynyard, M. (eds.), A Land of Milk and Honey?: Making sense of Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University Press, pp.278-290.

Suggested additional documentaries: Top Shelf Productions. (2006). Inside New Zealand: Our Dirty Little Secret. TV3: New Zealand.

TV3 Network. (1995). Inside New Zealand: The Poisoning of New Zealand. TV3: New Zealand.

 

Week 12

23: Course Summary

24: Exam Revision                                           

 

 Workload and deadlines for submission of coursework            

As with other 15-point courses, you are expected to spend at least 10 hours per week on this course.  You should attend one two hour lecture and a one hour super-tutorial each week. This leaves 7 hours per week outside the classroom to study for tutorials, assignments and the exam. You should manage your academic workload and other commitments accordingly.

You should submit your work on time. In extreme circumstances, such as illness, you may seek an extension but you will be required to provide supporting information before the assignment is due. Late assignments without a pre-approved extension will be penalised by loss of marks. If you need an extension, you must organise this with the Course Convener. 

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