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.


Jul19SeminarsKatherine Peet and Jo Smith
Date: 19 July 2016
Time: 2.00 pm
Venue: MY305
Reflections on Treaty-based Multiculturalism and Host/Guest Relations: from the viewpoints of practice and theoryThis seminar… Read more
Jul28Information EventsDiscover your postgraduate potential with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Date: 28 July 2016
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Level 3 foyer, Murphy Building, Kelburn Campus
Learn all about postgraduate study in the Facult. Read more

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25 May 2016 Graduate fulfils his mother's wish
On the cover page of Timi Melei's Master's thesis is a dedication to his mother, Moana Sela Pulusi, who passed away in February this year in Tuvalu while Timi was awaiting his thesis results. Read more
25 May 2016 New Adjuncts in the School of Social and Cultural Studies
This year our School appointed four new Adjunct staff.  Hear more about Dr Nayantara Sheoran from India. Read more
18 April 2016 14th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium
The Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium draws on social, cultural and critical theory to discuss research on any forms of ‘dangerous’, ‘risky’ and contested consumption Read more

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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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Hollie Russell, Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Lands Dream Job at DOC

"Research, writing and project management skills learnt during my Masters in Cultural Anthropology meant I was able to hit the ground running when I got my dream job at the Department of Conservation" Read more

Sanna Fourt-Wells Web

Employment at 'Superu' for Sociology Honours Student

"Studying 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.

14th Dangerous Consumptions

This will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus, on 24th and 25th November. Read more about the Colloquium

Many Career Options for Sociology Graduates

British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ shares top 10 tips for Sociology Graduates around the globe. Read more 

Tutors Needed for Trimester 2 2016

Expressions of interest are invited from university graduates to work part-time as tutors in undergraduate Cultural Anthropology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy courses in Trimester 2 2016. Read more for further details

Dane Troung

Lecturer from Police College in Vietnam studying a PhD in Criminology

"What has impressed most about Victoria University and New Zealand was how the people went out of their way to help me settle in". Read more about Dane

Companies Desperate To Hire Anthropologists

Why are giant corporations now seeking cultural expertise? Read more