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.


Mar18SeminarsMoral panics as expanded melodramas
Date: 18 March 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: OK 406 (F L Wood Seminar Room), Old Kirk Building, Kelburn Parade
Dr. Sarah Wright, Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social and Cultural Studies Read more
Mar23Pasifika Students' Event
Date: 23 March 2015
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Alan MacDiarmid (AM) 102, Kelburn Campus
FHSS and the Faculty of Education invite their Pasifika students to an opportunity to meet fellow students and staff and learn about services available. Read more
Mar26FHSS Postgraduate Information Evening
Date: 26 March 2015
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: AM 102/104 (opposite Wishbone)
A chance for students to mix and mingle with fellow postgraduates and FHSS staff. Read more


4 March 2015 Postgraduate student Murray Wilson Presents at Criminology Symposium
Criminology MA student Murray Wilson presented his research at the Criminology Symposium ‘Communities and Collaborations’ recently.  Read more
5 February 2015 Call for Tutor Applications
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 2015 Read more
26 January 2015 Anstiss-Garland Charitable Trust Scholarship Awarded to Brent Stone
Congratulation to Brent Stone, a PhD student in Criminology in the School of Social and Cultural Studies, who has been awarded the Anstiss-Garland Charitable Trust Scholarship Read more

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Welcome From Head of School - Allison Kirkman

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

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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

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Application of Evolutionary Theory Used to Help Understand Criminal Behaviour

Dr Russil Durrant specialises in criminal and forensic psychology. Russil’s current research interests  include the psychology of punishment and evolutionary criminology.  Read more about Russil

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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

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Take a Fresh Look at Social Life

Sociology offers you a chance to study changes in behaviour and social relationships in gender, class, ethnicity, families, social change, health, morality, politics, religion, sport, work and leisure, technology, cyberspace and much much more. Come and study Sociology!  Read More

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.

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

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.