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.


Oct7SeminarsAdding Spice to the Porridge: The development of a synthetic cannabinoid market in an English prison
Date: 7 October 2016
Time: 1.00 pm
Venue: MY305
In 2014, the Annual Report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales… Read more
Oct14Book Launch of ‘Reconciliation Representation and Indigeneity’
Date: 14 October 2016
Time: 4.00 pm
You are invited to the Book Launch of ‘Reconciliation Representation and Indigeneity’.… Read more
Oct26SeminarsOn the Lavatory Question
Date: 26 October 2016
Time: 12.00 pm
Venue: MY305 (Murphy Building)
Dr Ciara aka Colin Cremin, University of AucklandUntil recently, I didn’t have much cause to… Read more

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23 September 2016 Book Launch of ‘Reconciliation Representation and Indigeneity’
You are invited to the Book Launch of ‘Reconciliation Representation and Indigeneity’. Read more
22 August 2016 Health Researcher Honoured
Kevin Dew had been recognised by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) for their work into understanding social issues of health and wellbeing. Read more
9 August 2016 Calling for tutors for trimester 3
Expressions of interest are invited from university graduates to work part-time as tutors in undergraduate courses SACS 201, SOSC 306 and CRIM 330  in Trimester 3 2016. 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.

CRIM 330 Summer Course

New Summer Course: CRIM330: Antiquities Trafficking

Come and join us on our new summer course where we will explore the seedy underbelly of the art world: antiquities smuggling. Read More

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Success for Sociology Graduate

"Acknowledging the legitimacy of mātauranga Māori is an important aspect of my job and my identity", says Anna Adcock, a recent Sociology MA graduate. Read more

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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

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 3 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 3 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