L3 Sociology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Smythe

Sociology involves the critical analysis of how people organise and participate in group or collective behaviour, and how societies change over time. This course is a continuation of the L2 Sociology course, but it is not necessary to have studied L2 to enter this course. 

Students will investigate how individuals fit into mass society; how inequalities based on race, gender and social class arise and are perpetuated; and how social institutions such as education and religion influence people’s lives.

The 2021 Year 13 Sociology course will be made up of a combination of L3 Social Studies Achievement Standards and L3 Sociology Graded Unit Standards. Students will have the opportunity to gain 14 Achievement Standards to use for University Entrance and course endorsement as well as up to 29 Graded Unit Standard credits. Graded Unit Standards offer Merit and Excellence grades as well as Achieved. 

Students will not be expected to sit all 43 credits made available to them as the actual standards set will be tailored to the individual needs of the student. No student will be asked to complete more than 18 credits during the calendar year unless they request to do more.

Required Prior Learning

Entry is subject to approval by HOD and dependent on proven performance in Year 12. The expectation is that students will have gained at least 14 credits at NCEA L2 in any L2 Social Science or English.

Course Credit Information

This course is eligible for Course Endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
U.S. 8995 v4 Evaluate a social institution
U.S. 8999 v4 Evaluate a social structure
U.S. 9007 v4 Conduct an independent qualitative sociological enquiry
U.S. 28121 v2 Evaluate a social process
A.S. 91600 v2 Social Studies 3.5 - Examine a campaign of social action(s) to influence policy change(s)
4r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 4

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 22 credits.

Pathway Tags

Counsellor, Early Childhood Teacher, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Primary School Teacher, Secondary School Teacher, Teacher Aide, Police Officer, Human Resources Adviser, Nursing Support and Care Worker, Recruitment Consultant, Advertising Specialist, Marketing Specialist, Journalist, Communications Professional, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Youth Worker, Social Worker, Registered Nurse