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This course introduces students to key sociological concepts, perspectives and theories in order for them to develop a greater understanding of the social world in which they live. Students will develop knowledge and skills to identify and understand social problems and society, with a particular focus on power relationships, oppressive structures and social change. Students will also be introduced to issues concerning the government and political processes in Aotearoa New Zealand. The implications of social difference are examined from a personal and professional perspective. Students begin to apply sociological theory to practice contexts.