Social Sciences department

Social Sciences is part of social sciences and public policy at AUT.

Research and study within the social sciences are important for making sense of society by critiquing and questioning it, effecting policy changes at central and local government, and improving communication and analytical skills.

Undergraduate study in social sciences will give you a solid grounding in this area.

Research in social sciences

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across social sciences.

More about our research

Industry associations

Our academic staff are members of professional associations in New Zealand and in Australia, creating opportunities for research partnerships and conferences.

Memberships include:

  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Sociological Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand

Contact us

Kate Nicholls.

Kate Nicholls
Programme Leader BA (Social Sciences)
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 6325

knicholls@aut.ac.nz

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