Current issues are explored in-depth with the emphasis on New Zealand social issues, such as race, health, education, justice and religion.
Studying sociology enables students to clarify their 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.
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.
• 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 people and groups respond differently to these beliefs.
This pathway provides students with knowledge and skills that are relevant for a broad 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 organisations as well as the ideas which drive these changes. The course has a high focus on current issues with an emphasis on values systems in society.