The School of Social and Cultural Studies brings together the teaching, research and scholarship strengths of Criminology, Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, Social Policy and Sociology.

You’ll study the current analyses of how societies and cultures are formed, how they are governed, how they break down and how we might envisage new and viable future social and cultural systems.

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Kymberley Jack

Inspector for the Office of the Inspectorate at the Department of Corrections

Since graduating with a degree in Criminology, I have also worked at the Court of Appeal, the National Intelligence Centre (New Zealand Police) and the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

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From Sociology Graduate to Graduate Policy Analyst.

"Sociology offers a good foundation for policy work and the skills I developed are transferable. Policy work is meaningful and a great transition from university to the workforce" says Bex Kidson

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Interns with Minister Davis
Hamish McDonald-Bates

Sociology graduate a senior staff member at Spark

Having a degree in Sociology showed my employer that I could grasp complex concepts, meet deadlines and articular myself clearly with logic and reasoned argument.

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    The Corona Crash

    PhD Candidate in Sociology and ESRA (Economic and Social Reserach Aotearoa) researcher Jack Foster considers the financial aspects of the current crisis

  • picture of toilet paper

    A cultural analysis of toilet paper

    While COVID has caused much fear, confusion, and anxiety, it has inspired little bemusement. Except for what it has done to toilet paper.

  • Alison Cole

    Teaching practical skills for human rights investigation

    A group of students was trained to verify digital evidence to aid human rights investigations, as Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington becomes the first regional partner of the Amnesty International Citizen Evidence Lab

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