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.

Criminology Collective

The go-to place for criminology articles, commentaries, videos and news.

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.

Read more about Kymberley Jack

Social Scientist job in the building industry for Sociology graduate

"The work I do at the Building Research Association of New Zealand is very similar to what I had to do to complete my post-graduate degree at Victoria".

Read more about Orin
Orin Lockyer graduate
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.

Read more about Hamish
More news

Latest news

  • person looking at laptop

    The aggression behind step-porn

    It’s not the step-porn that’s a problem, it’s the aggression behind it. In the wake of the OFLC report Breaking Down Porn, an academic studying the gendered influence of pornography urges people not to panic, but to be aware of when – and why – pornography becomes problematic.

  • Carol Harrington

    Working in the #MeToo era

    Dr Carol Harrington (School of Social and Cultural Studies) is interviewed by NZ Herald about the #MeToo movement and the changes it's brought about in New Zealand.