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.

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 articulate myself clearly with logic and reasoned argument.

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  • Left to right: Dr Lynzi Armstrong, Associate Professor Fiona Hutton, PhD candidate Jordan Anderson, Professor John Pratt, and Professor Simon Mackenzie.

    A new stack of criminology books

    Congratulations to the Institute of Criminology who are celebrating the publication of five books over the last few months.

  • assisted reproduction picture from the newsroom

    Covid-19’s effect on assisted reproduction

    New Zealand's rules for assisted reproduction need to be re-assessed in light of Covid-19 closing down international travel and access to options overseas, writes Rhonda Shaw from the School of Social and Cultural Studies