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

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Available subjects

  • Cultural Anthropology


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.

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Available subjects

  • Criminology
  • Restorative Justice


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.

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Available subjects

  • Sociology
  • Social Policy
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  • grant-otsuki

    New Lecturer Dr Grant Jun Otsuki

    The Cultural Anthropology Programme would like to welcome Dr Grant Jun Otsuki an anthropologist of science and technology, who specializes in Japan

  • Joint Book Launch

    Joint book launch by Dr Catherine Trundle, Cultural Anthropology - VUW and Associate Professor Susanna Trnka, Social Anthropology - University of Auckland.  5:00pm on Friday 21 July 2017.  RSVP to by Wednesday 19 July 2017.

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  • Decolonising and indigenous methodologies

    Unsettling the taken for granted approaches to knowledge makingNo RSVP required, light refreshments provided.While Vision…

    Venue: Te Herenga Waka Marae, Victoria University, 46 Kelburn Parade