Sociology and Anthropology
Sociologists investigate the structure of societies, organisations and groups. Their subject matter ranges from the intimacy of the family, the criminal gang, activities at the rugby game and rock festival, through to divisions of ethnicity, gender and class. This involves study, discussion, analysis, critique and debate about how people, cultures, societies and ideas interact and impact upon each other.
UC will introduce you to social and cultural anthropology, which is related to human geography, history, indigenous studies, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. This kind of anthropology employs a research method called ethnography. Ethnographic researchers immerse themselves in the activities and relationships of everyday life.
Taught courses and thesis-based study in Anthropology and Sociology.
Alex Cauble-Chantrenne, Bachelor of Arts with Honours, shares her UC story.
News, events and seminars
A University of Canterbury academic’s latest book examines recent crime trends and the social, political, and legal changes in New Zealand from the end of the 20th century to the present – the first book of its type published in New Zealand.
The issues of free trade, poverty, climate change and governance in the Pacific will be explored at this year's Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies Lecture.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology staff
are located on Level 3, Psychology/Sociology