tatjna (tatjna) wrote,


The first question was more or less "Please regurgitate the essay you wrote on settler societies." The second was something about the situational factor in construction of identity based on gender. In which I waffled a lot and maybe quoted a rhyme from when I was a kid:

"Boys are strong, like King Kong
Girls are weak, throw them in the creek."

What? What? It made sense in context. I think...

Anyway, it'll get me a pass mark, and combined with the As (yes that's two - the essay about class consciousness got me an A too, which I think deserves the Award For Achieving Academic Success While Life Keeps Hitting You In The Knees With A Cricket Bat, just saying), should get me a decent mark for that course.

*chalks up two lines on the imaginary blackboard*

Criminology doesn't start till mid November, so right now I'm FREEEEEEE! To fritter away my free time in the application of fluoro stuff to other fluoro stuff, and playing with glue and sewing machines and fun fur. I plan to make the most of it.

And I went to see the head of Humanities (by pure fluke she happened to be around) and got advice on next year. She suggested I look at double majoring in Social Policy and Criminology, after me explaining what I'm trying to do. All credit to her that she didn't bat an eyelid, eh?

So, who knows what about double majors? Are they a good idea? Hard? Easy? Not worth it because I want to get into the meaty stuff as soon as possible and that would just slow me down?

Anyway, next year I'm doing SPOL214 Knowledge, Power and Understanding - This course introduces students to scholarly debate about how we can gain reliable knowledge of the social world. The course will equip students to assess the merit of and problems with sociological knowledge. Students will engage with scholarly arguments about the political effects of different forms of sociological knowledge. We will consider arguments that the social sciences have been a tool of domination. We will also consider how political activists have used sociological knowledge in struggles against oppression. The course draws on the fields of sociology of knowledge and the history and philosophy of science. (the alternative was about globalisation bleh).

And, CRIM 212 Crime and Criminal Justice in New Zealand - examines the nature, causes and characteristics of criminal offending in New Zealand. The course will draw on analytical skills acquired in CRIM 211, by linking criminological perspectives to particular types of criminal behaviour. The course will also supply students with an overview of criminal justice responses to crime and disorder in New Zealand.

I can see a small amount of focus in both of these, so hopefully will be more up my alley than the broader first year level ones. Also, I'm giving myself next summer off, except the bit where the head of Humanities told me the special topic next summer might be of particular interest to me.. but I will cross that bridge when I come to it.

So yeah. Right now, academic life is looking pretty sweet. Glad you didn't ask me yesterday though.

PS Work is paying for my courses as long as I pass, from here on in. Yay them! They're also reimbursing me for what I've done since they brought in the study assistance policy. Guess telling them that the reason they should pay is that I'll be awesome when I take over the CEO's job paid off eh? I may have continually reminded them about the As too.

*cough* Me? Subtle?
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