Faculty of Arts


SOCIOL 210

Colonisation, Globalisation and Social Justice


Description

Students in this course will be asked to begin with themselves. This will involve situating themselves within the webs of relationships they inhabit, naming and engaging with injustices that they feel responsibility towards and thinking about how their own study and practice might work towards addressing those injustices.

Our inquiry is grounded in the concept of whakapapa, which is the philosophical framework of tikanga and the heart of mātauranga Māori. We understand our present experiences by tracing their whakapapa through history, to understand the relationships and interrelation between various entities and processes over time.

We first survey some contemporary thinkers that describe forms of injustice, and then attempt to imagine some of the contours of what social justice might look like and how it might be reached. We then develop a detailed whakapapa of colonisation, of which globalisation is a recent aspect. In this process we pay particular attention to the arrival and continuation of colonisation in Aotearoa. We conclude by attempting to imagine what a fulsome social justice would look like here, in Aotearoa, in light of the history of colonisation.

Availability 2020

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

TBA

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

SOCIOL 210: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a minimum B+ pass or LATINAM 100 or SPANISH 103, or 30 points in Global Politics and Human Rights


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