Colonisation, Globalisation and Social Justice

Please note: this is archived course information from 2021 for SOCIOL 210.


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 2021

Not offered in 2021; planned for 2022




Coursework + exam


SOCIOL 210: 15 points


30 points at Stage I in Sociology or Employment Relations and Organisational Studies or 15 points at Stage I in Sociology with a B+ sor higher, or 30 points in Global Politics and Human Rights.