Social sciences and public policy

Studying social sciences and public policy can open up a wide range of careers that involve understanding and working with people and organisations. At AUT you’ll study society at many levels – from individuals, families and communities, governments and cultures through to our global system.

You will become familiar with disciplines including conflict resolution, criminology and criminal justice, economics, psychology and social sciences.

Research in social sciences and public policy

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

More about our research

International student exchange

Immerse yourself in another culture while you study and have the adventure of your life. Check out where you can go on exchange – and read some stories from returned AUT students.

Exchange for AUT students

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Government reports on NZ’s happiness
13 Sep, 2021
Thanks to AUT research, Statistics NZ now recognises that “happiness” is a key indicator of how COVID-19 is impacting our country.
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Semester 2 - teaching online
09 Sep, 2021
Given the uncertainty of alert levels under the Delta variant, AUT has decided that all teaching will remain online for Semester 2.
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Choosing to avoid the terrorists' trap
07 Sep, 2021
The point of terrorism is provocation.If I hit you, you’ll hit back. If you hit back, I’ll be justified to hit again, writes David Hall.
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AUT climbs up the global rankings
02 Sep, 2021
AUT continues to climb up the global university rankings joining the University of Otago in second place in NZ and the top 250 universities in the world.
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Research backs iwi checkpoints
16 Aug, 2021
New research supports the use of community checkpoints, as implemented by Māori during the pandemic.

Contact details

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Phone 0800 AUT AUT (0800 288 288)

School of Social Sciences and Public Policy
Level 5, Te Āhuru WQ Building
35 – 39 Wakefield Street
Auckland City
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