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.

What we offer

  • 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.

  • Anthropology

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

  • Development Studies

    We were placed in the top 100 in the world for Development Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

  • 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.


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

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