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.


13 May 2015 Baby Boomers Open Up About Old Age
Future government policies will need to be flexible to accommodate the diverse needs of ageing baby boomers, a Social Policy PhD Graduate found.  Read more
4 May 2015 Why Choose Sociology?
Are you passionate about social inequalities? Intrigued by the way people behave in different social situations? Fascinated by the evolution of social norms over time? Read more
30 April 2015 Professor Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich, New Head of School
The new Head of School, Professor Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich, considers herself very lucky to be surrounded by such motivated social scientists who are researching some very interesting and practical topics. 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.

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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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Start Your Career

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

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.

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

Companies Desperate To Hire Anthropologists

Why are giant corporations now seeking cultural expertise? Read more

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.

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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