School of Social Sciences - Te Pokapū Pūtaiao Pāpori

The School of Social Sciences is home to Anthropology; Development Studies; Media and Communication; Politics and International Relations; and Sociology.

Key information

  • About the School of Social Sciences

    Our diverse school engages critically with studies of culture and communication and issues confronting humanity and society in the past, the present and into the future.

  • Key contacts

    How to contact the Head of School, undergraduate and postgraduate advisers and administrative staff.

  • Help and advice

    Where to get help and advice in the School of Social Sciences.

  • Forms and guides for students

    A selection of forms and guides available for students.

  • Scholarships and awards

    Scholarships and awards in the School of Social Sciences.

  • Our staff

    Meet our staff and find out how to contact them.

  • News and events

    Up-to-date information about news and events in the School of Social Sciences.

  • Graduate careers

    Our graduates have secured rewarding careers in areas such as communications and marketing, policy analysis, museums, charities and NGOs, media and business.


    COMPASS is a research centre with experience and expertise in a range of disciplines and social science research methodologies.


  • Anthropology

    Our teaching and research covers the major fields within Anthropology and Ethnomusicology.

  • Criminology

    Criminology seeks to understand issues relating to crime, deviance, justice, law, culture and power.

  • Development Studies

    We provide a supportive environment for open, critical debate of leading development issues.

  • Gender Studies

    Gender Studies is a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field of critical inquiry into how gender shapes our lives.

  • Media and Communication

    We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Communication, Media, Film and Television, and Screen Production.

  • Politics and International Relations

    Our teaching and research focuses on Politics and International Relations, Public Policy, and International Relations and Human Rights.

  • Sociology

    We are concerned with the development, structure and functioning of modern human society.

  • Social Science for Public Health

    Social Science for Public Health gives you the skills to analyse health inequalities and how these arise.