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.


Oct14SeminarsTopography and Scale in a Community Driven Maternal and Child Health Program in Eastern Indonesia
Date: 14 October 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305 Murphy building (MY305)
Dr Jesse Hession Grayman, Senior Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Auckland Read more
Oct21SeminarsPasifika youth offenders and Pasifika family violence: Navigating “the va” in demands for context-driven policy and practice systems
Date: 21 October 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305 Murphy building (MY305), Kelburn Parade
Dr Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni, Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies, Va’aomanū Pasifika Read more
Oct28SeminarsNarratives of Victimhood among Trafficked Female Migrants
Date: 28 October 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Old Kirk 406 (F L Wood Seminar Room)
Haezreena Abdul Hamid, Criminology PhD candidate Read more


7 October 2015 Four Facts About Anthropology
Companies like Google hires anthropologists to understand internet search patterns, Intel employs anthropology graduates to study how culture shapes customers’ technology habits. Read more
10 September 2015 Did You Know? Five Facts About Sociology
Sociology graduates are highly regarded by the workforce and a degree can open up many options. Read more
10 September 2015 Success for Sam Hollingum
Sam Hollingum, a Cultural Anthropology student, gets a job in London in with digital marketing agency Sapient Nitro. Read more

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.

Sam Hollingum front webpage

Success for Cultural Anthropology Student

BA Honours degree student in Cultural Anthropology gets  job in London in a digital marketing agency. Read more

Start Your Career

We can help you get a foot in the door. Read more about careers.

Sanna Fourt-Wells Web

Employment at 'Superu' for Sociology Honours Student

"Studing 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.
Haezreena Abdul Hamit front page

Criminology PhD Student Hopes to Make a Difference

Criminology student Haezreena (Reena) Abdul Hamid, an Advocate & Solicitor in Malaysia, has come to New Zealand to research the life narratives of migrant women who have been arrested and detained in various detention centres in Malaysia. Read more about Reena.

Many Career Options for Sociology Graduates

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

Apply Now For Our Summer Courses in Trimester 3!

These courses are filling up quickly so get your enrolment completed soon.

ANTH 315: Selected Topic: Identity and Inequality

SACS 201: Methods in Social and Cultural Research

SOSC 306: Special Topic: Sociology of Popular Culture

Anthropologists in the Field

Facts About Cultural Anthropology

A Cultural Anthropology degree prepares students for excellent jobs and opens doors to many different career paths.  It provides skills that are crucial for leadership roles and for understanding and addressing social problems. Read more

Companies Desperate To Hire Anthropologists

Why are giant corporations now seeking cultural expertise? Read more

Chris Nimmo web front page

Success for Social Policy Graduate

Chris Nimmo, a recent Social Policy graduate, has taken up a Graduate Policy Analyst Position at Ministry of Social Development. Read more

Postgraduate Morning Teas

Student Life

Morning teas encourage community and collegiality amongst the School of Social and Cultural Studies' postgraduate students. Read more about our postgraduate students