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

You’ll study the 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.

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Be inspired by our postgraduate student’s research topics.


Learn about the cultural lives of people from all over the world, and discover the diversities—and similarities—in human experiences and beliefs.

Available subjects

  • Cultural Anthropology
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Study the nature and causes of crime, and consider how society responds to crime through community action or the criminal justice system. Strengthen your abilities in research and analysis, and improve your communication skills.

Available subjects

  • Criminology
  • Restorative Justice
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Sociology makes sense of the social world—past, present and future. Learn how and why people organise themselves in different ways, and to think critically about the world we live in.

Available subjects

  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
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  • Society of Medical Anthropology in Aoteara

    This symposium marks the launch of the Society of Medical Anthropology in Aotearoa and will showcase current work in medical anthropology.  Registrations due by 1 February 2017.

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    Panel discussion on sex offenders on parole

    The Parole Law Committee, a branch of the Wellington Law Society, is becoming increasingly concerned over the post-release experience of sex offenders in New Zealand. PhD student Jordan Anderson took part in a panel discussion about this.