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.

Events

May6SeminarsFrom "Stella Dallas" to "Motherhood": Representing Maternal Anxiety in Contemporary Popular Film
Date: 6 May 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305, Murphy Building (MY305)
Dr Bronwyn Polaschek, School of Social and Cultural Studies Read more
May20SeminarsBeyond the ‘Self-Made’ Victim: Theorising Sexual Victimization in Neoliberal Times
Date: 20 May 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305, Murphy Building (MY305)
Dr Rebecca Stringer, University of Otago Read more

News

15 April 2015 School Welcomes New Criminology Lecturer
The School of Social and Cultural Studies welcomes Dr Lynzi Armstrong who will be lecturing in Criminology. Read more
14 April 2015 Julian Buchanan opens Victorian Alcohol And Drug Association (VAADA) Conference
Associate Professor Julian Buchanan recently opened the Victorian Alcohol And Drug Association (VAADA) Conference in Melbourne,  with his keynote address. Read more
26 March 2015 Student Researchs Ethical Principles behind the Euthanasia Debate
Sociology PhD student, Sarah Revell-Dennett, is looking into the ethical principles behind the euthanasia debate in New Zealand. 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.

Start Your Career

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

Shanna Bosley

Shanna Bosley PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology

Shanna will be looking into New Zealands anti-human trafficking legislation and how helper organisations conceptualise commercial human trafficking. Read more about Shanna's research

Sarah Revell-Dennett

Researching the Euthanasia debate

Sociology PhD student, Sarah Revell-Dennett, is looking into the ethical principles behind the euthanasia debate in New Zealand. She believes that public discussion and engagement are important. Read more about Sarah's research.

Fatimah Al-Attas front page

International Sociology Student Returns to Malaysia for Fieldwork

Fatimah Al-Attas recently returned to Malaysia for four months to study to the experience of couples with new mothers returning to work in Malaysia. Read more about Fatimah

Companies Desperate To Hire Anthropologists

Why are giant corporations now seeking cultural expertise? 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.

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

Are You Interested in Tutoring in Trimester 2 2015?

Expressions of interest are invited from university graduates to work part-time as tutors in undergraduate Anthropology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy courses in trimester 2 2015.

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Tanja Rother - field work

Cultural Anthropology Student in the Field

PhD Student Tanja Rother recently carried out fieldwork at Ōhiwa Harbour, a large tidal estuary situated between Ōpōtiki and Whakatāne in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Read more about Tanja's fieldwork.