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.


Sep9SeminarsThe Origins and Sources of Anti-Muslim Sentiment in New Zealand
Date: 9 September 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305, Murphy building (MY305)
Dr John Shaver, School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies Read more
Sep16SeminarsCulture, offending and crime control
Date: 16 September 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305, Murphy building (MY305)
Dr Robert Webb, THe University of Auckland Read more
Sep23SeminarsCounter-punitiveness, prison reforms and drug policies: The case of Portugal
Date: 23 September 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305, Murphy building (MY305)
Manuela Ivone Cunha, CRIA, University of Minho (Portugal) Read more


4 September 2015 Riding into Research About Cycle Rage
Following a highly publicised 2012 incident on a mountain bike track in Canterbury’s Port Hills, a Victoria University of Wellington academic has begun conducting research into cycle rage. Read more
4 September 2015 Riding into research about cycle rage
Dr Mike Lloyd has begun conducting research into cycle rage. Read more
1 September 2015 Summer Scholarships 2015: applications now open
Applications are now invited from students for FHSS and Faculty of Education Summer Scholarships for 2015-16. Read more

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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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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.

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

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Why Choose Sociology at Victoria?

Wide ranging and transferable skills equip many Sociology graduates with more than enough to succeed in the professional world.
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Shanna Bosley

Shanna Bosley PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology

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

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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

Companies Desperate To Hire Anthropologists

Why are giant corporations now seeking cultural expertise? Read more

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Trimester 3 2015 Summer Course

Enrol now for SOSC 306, Special Topic: Sociology of Popular Culture! Come and delve into studies of the relationships between popular cultures, social groups, and individuals. Concepts such as popular rituals, cultural capital, imagined communities, postfeminism, surveillance and confession will also be explored. 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

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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.