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University of Auckland sociology seminar, 1970s

University of Auckland sociology seminar, 1970s

Sociology was first offered at the University of Auckland in 1968, but only as a postgraduate subject. According to Keith Sinclair, who wrote a history of the university, this was because sociology (along with all other social sciences) had been viewed with suspicion and actively resisted by senior academics for some time. The following decades such doubts were overcome and sociology was taught at undergraduate level. This is a glimpse of a sociology seminar at Auckland in the 1970s.

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The University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services, Sesquicentennial Collection
Reference: MSS & Archives 97/5. Record no. 34143

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Peter Clayworth, 'Social sciences - Foundation and growth, 1945 to 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 January 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Jun 2015