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The Sociology programme provides opportunities for the study of social interaction, social theory, social research and social problems.

Our 100-level courses provide foundational training in significant theories, methodological issues, key texts and thinkers. Our 200-level and 300-level courses provide opportunities to deepen your knowledge of areas that interest you, for example everyday life, gender, violence, health, sexuality, inequality, resistance, social movements, social theories, welfare, social change and research methods. We offer a minor in Social Policy which your Sociology courses can be credited toward. After completing your BA you can pursue an honours degree in Sociology or Social Policy, and subsequently Master's and PhD research by thesis.

Our staff have active research agendas and are open to receiving enquiries about graduate supervision as well as their undergraduate teaching. Read about some of our graduate student research. We also supervise summer scholars.


Our programme is home to the journal Counterfutures, a multidisciplinary journal that publishes research on Left theory and practice in Aotearoa and the wider Pacific. Published biannually, the journal brings together peer-reviewed articles with speculative and imaginative essays and polemics. For further information and back issues see http://counterfutures.nz/.

Student Journal for Social Justice

The VUW Journal for Social Justice is a student-run academic journal which publishes and celebrates the work of fellow students. Its contents are inspired by social issues which surround the journals contributors and readers. The works published in the journal advocate for social justice, putting academic thought into practise. The journal publishes a variety of work including academic essays, poetry, visual art, photography and anything in between.

The journal came about because students were interested in creating a space where they could have conversations about the issues they found most important. The journal also provides a chance to have work published, an opportunity which isn’t often possible for students. The journal is published in print and online, the inaugural edition will be released in semester 1 of 2019. To keep up to date with the VUW Journal for Social Justice, you can follow the journal on Facebook or email socialjusticejournalvuw@gmail.com.

Sociology Society

The student-led Sociology Society welcomes all students at Victoria University of Wellington with a passion for sociological thinking to connect, share ideas, and guide each other in their academic work. The society holds regular drop-in sessions throughout the academic year, provides unique volunteering opportunities, and supports student-led initiatives like the Student Journal for Social Justice.

The Society encourages students from all backgrounds to join and bring their diverse perspectives. If you are interested in becoming a member, email vuwsoscsoc@gmail.com.