School of Social Sciences

Te Puna Mārama | The School of Social Sciences is home to Anthropology; Conflict and Terrorism Studies; Criminology; Development Studies; Gender Studies; Health and Society; Politics and International Relations; Public Policy; and Sociology.

We are the largest grouping of academic social scientists in Aotearoa and provide a focus for social scientists working at the University of Auckland.

About the school

Contact advisers and discipline convenors, and find people in the School of Social Sciences.

Our people

From archaeologists to filmmakers to policymakers, our researchers explore power, inequality, conflict, gender, class, technologies and creative expression.

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A selection of forms and guides available for students in the School of Social Sciences.

Forms and guides

What's going on in the Faculty of Arts.

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Anthropology is the study of human beings in all times and places.

Study Anthropology

Conflict and Terrorism Studies looks at both the causes of terrorism and conflict, and ways to resolve them.

Study conflict

Criminology focuses on both the causes of crime and the different ways societies respond to deviance.

Study crime

Development Studies engages with the critical issues of social change that are transforming global society.

Study development

Explore human interaction and management within organisations and ask questions about the nature of business, employment and society.

Study employment relations and organisation

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

Study gender

Study the political structures, processes and relationships that govern our everyday lives, both here in New Zealand and across the globe.

Study politics

Studying Public Policy can develop your potential for leadership in the public sector.

Study Public Policy

Sociology explores topical social issues and seeks to understand the modern world.

Study Sociology

Get a preview of what it's like studying Social Sciences as our lecturers tackle a range of issues from different academic perspectives.

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