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SOCIOL 206: Sociology for Auckland


15 points

Teacher: Dr. Sereana Naepi 

Course delivery format:

 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial

(Timetable and room details can be viewed on Student Services Online)

Summary of Course Description:   

Auckland is located in Aotearoa New Zealand but is not always of Aotearoa New Zealand. By virtue of geography, history and size, Auckland is a unique social setting, with an uneasy relationship to the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand (and beyond).

This course examines the differences in class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other social factors that make Auckland "special".

With forty per cent of the city’s population foreign-born, some consider Auckland as one of the most "super-diverse" cosmopolitan areas in the world. Further, the city regularly appears in lists of the ten most "liveable" cities in the world. Simultaneously, however, there are rising levels of homelessness, poverty and growing racial and ethnic disparities, located in an urban sprawl confronted by poor infrastructure.

Through a sociological lens, this course considers the contradictions of a city which is understood both as a paragon of neoliberal capitalism and a proto-agrarian economy.

Subjects will include: Indigenous and colonial subjects at the foreshore, public transportation, sexualities and the city, shopping in the New World, institutional racism and education in Auckland and the contemporary housing crisis.     

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 Course outcomes:

A student who successfully completes this course will have the opportunity to:

  • acquire knowledge of sociological theory and apply it to Auckland situations
  • understand and carry out analysis of population data
  • acquire skills in essay writing, critical thinking, and academic literacy

Coursework Assessment and Exam Details: May be subject to change prior to the beginning of Semester.


Weekly Topics:

Week Two: Decolonisation and Auckland

Week Three: Neoliberal Capitalism and Auckland

Week Four: Age and Auckland

Week Five: Class and Auckland

Week Six: Ethnicity and Auckland

Week Seven: Education and Auckland

Week Eight: Sexualities and the City

Week Nine: Gentrification and the Housing Crisis

Week Ten: Public Transport Development

Week Eleven: Proto-Agrarian Economy and a Growing City


Prescribed Texts:

Can be found in the Reading Lists on the course's canvas page and are identified by Essential Resources

 Recommended Texts:

Can be found in the Reading Lists on the course's canvas page and are identified by Further Resources



Please try your hardest to meet coursework deadlines. Extensions are possible if, for example, you or a family member falls ill, or some other circumstance beyond your control prevents you from completing your work.

You can apply for an extension by contacting me via email ( or during office hours.  You may need to provide supporting information, like a doctor's or counsellor's certificate, but the important thing is to get in contact.

Late submission of coursework is possible without an extension, so long as you are ready to accept a penalty by losing marks. Late penalties help ensure fairness, otherwise some students would have more time to complete work than others.

The penalties for submitting work late when you do not have an extension are 2% per day, with no coursework being accepted if more than 7 days late.

Everyone confronts difficulties at some point. So please talk to or email me if you are experiencing troubles finishing or submitting coursework. I will work with you wherever possible and, of course, it is better to get an assignment in than not at all (even if it is incomplete).


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Statement on White Supremacy

The School of Social Sciences at the University of Auckland is the largest grouping of academic social scientists in Aotearoa New Zealand. The School comprises a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community that is committed to academic excellence in both research and teaching.

White supremacy is antithetical to those values. For that reason, the School condemns recent acts of white supremacy at the University in the strongest possible terms. Those are acts of hate speech that cause real harm to members of our academic community.

All speech entails responsibility. That is one reason why members of the School are, and will be, vigilant opponents of white supremacy. Moreover, the School is committed to supporting students and staff who experience discrimination on campus. We urge students who confront discrimination in any form to reach out to staff members for support. This year the School has developed its mechanisms for anticipating and responding to hateful incidents in classrooms and we will continue to strive to improve our understanding of, and responses to, racism and other forms of discrimination in our School and University.

Course summary:

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