School of Social and Cultural Studies

School of Social and Cultural Studies

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

Part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington,  you can expect to learn from us 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.


May4SeminarsRepresentation and practices of hegemonic masculinity
Date: 4 May 2016
Time: 12.00 am
Venue: MY 305 (Murphy Building)
Ricardo Quirarte, Sociology PhD Candidate All men are susceptible of occupying a hegemonic position; at… Read more
May5SeminarsConflict, time and money: Family generations in comparison
Date: 5 May 2016
Time: 12.00 am
Venue: MY 305 (Murphy Building)
Prof. Dr. Marc Szydlik - University of Zurich, Institute of Sociology The talk discusses the… Read more
May11SeminarsBio-crossing(s) in India
Date: 11 May 2016
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: MY 305 (Murphy Building)
Nayantara Sheoran : Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, GenevaBio-crossing(s) in… Read more

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18 April 2016 14th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium
The Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium draws on social, cultural and critical theory to discuss research on any forms of ‘dangerous’, ‘risky’ and contested consumption Read more
24 March 2016 Lecturer from Police College in Vietnam studying a PhD in Criminology
Dane Troung has come all the way from Nghe An Province, Vietnam to study a PhD in Criminology. Read more
18 March 2016 Joyce Chan Scholarship Awarded to Tom Loffhagen
Cultural Anthropology student Tom Loffhagen has won the 'Joyce Chan essay award'. Read more

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Brigitte Bonisch-Brednich

Welcome From Head of School, Prof Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich

"We contribute to a strong and vibrant social science presence here at Victoria University". Read more from Brigitte.

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Hollie Russell, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Lands Dream Job at DOC

"Research, writing and project management skills learnt during my Masters in Cultural Anthropology meant I was able to hit the ground running when I got my dream job at the Department of Conservation" Read more

Sanna Fourt-Wells Web

Employment at 'Superu' for Sociology Honours Student

"Studying in the School of Social and Cultural Studies has given me general and specific skills that I utilise in my everyday work”, says Sanna.Read more.

Many Career Options for Sociology Graduates

British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ shares top 10 tips for Sociology Graduates around the globe. Read more 

14th Dangerous Consumptions

This will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus, on 24th and 25th November. Read more about the Colloquium

Tutors Needed for Trimester 2 2016

Expressions of interest are invited from university graduates to work part-time as tutors in undergraduate Cultural Anthropology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy courses in Trimester 2 2016. Read more for further details

Dane Troung

Lecturer from Police College in Vietnam studying a PhD in Criminology

"What has impressed most about Victoria University and New Zealand was how the people went out of their way to help me settle in". Read more about Dane

Companies Desperate To Hire Anthropologists

Why are giant corporations now seeking cultural expertise? Read more