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.

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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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News
covid and budget change
A few dozen bubbles on a blue background.
Professor Judy McGregor, smiling and standing in front of a Pacific Island artwork.
Professor Rhema Vaithianathan
A head and shoulders photo of Chloe Jackman.
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covid and budget change
NZ’s COVID-19 budget and climate change
18 May, 2020
New Zealand's COVID-19 budget delivers on one crisis, but largely leaves climate change for another day, writes Dr David Hall.
A few dozen bubbles on a blue background.
Bursting the bubble fallacy
29 Apr, 2020
We can’t always conflate the occupants of a single residence into one neat group.
Professor Judy McGregor, smiling and standing in front of a Pacific Island artwork.
Call for better oversight of aged care
28 Apr, 2020
Covid-19 has critically exposed the frailties of our current regulatory and oversight systems surrounding aged care, Professor Judy McGregor writes.
Professor Rhema Vaithianathan
Screening tool in Netflix documentary
28 Feb, 2020
A new Netflix documentary series features a predictive risk modelling tool that was built and implemented by a team led by Professor Rhema Vaithianathan.
A head and shoulders photo of Chloe Jackman.
Undergraduate wins best political essay
09 Jan, 2020
An AUT student has been awarded the Best Undergraduate Essay in New Zealand Politics by the New Zealand Political Studies Association.

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School of Social Sciences and Public Policy
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