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

Jul15SeminarsCriminal Justice, the State and Māori: 1985 to 2014 and Beyond
Date: 15 July 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305 Murphy Building (MY305)
Kim Workman, 2015 JD Stout Fellow, Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies Read more
Aug5SeminarsSocial capital in New Zealand public policy
Date: 5 August 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305 Murphy Building (MY305), Kelburn Parade
Josh Barton, Sociology PhD candidiate Read more
Aug12SeminarsROUNDTABLE: Credible Ethnography? Alice Goffman, Dangerous Fieldsites, and the Problems of Proof
Date: 12 August 2015
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: Room 305 Murphy Building (MY305), Kelburn Parade
Chaired by Tarapuhi Bryers-Brown and Tayla Hancock, Cultural Anthropology Teaching Fellows Read more

News

29 July 2015 First Ever ‘Values Survey’ in the Pacific Islands
The goal of Dr Hal Levines research is to understand where Pacific Islanders’ values lie along a continuum of tradition and change. Read more
26 June 2015 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
22 June 2015 Sociology Graduate Working for Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit
Sanna Fourt-Wells, believes that she wouldn’t be in the position she is in today without her education at the School of Social and Cultural Studies. 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.

Start Your Career

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.