School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences is home to Anthropology; Communication; Conflict and Terrorism Studies; Criminology; Development Studies; Gender Studies; Media, Film and Television; Politics and International Relations; Public Policy; Screen Production; and Sociology.

We are the largest grouping of social scientists in Aotearoa New Zealand 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 in the University Directory.

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

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

Study Anthropology

You can study the changing ways we communicate, in the media, in business and organisations, and online.

Study Communication

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

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

Study gender

Media, Film and Television offers you the chance to study issues relating to film, television and the internet.

Study media

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

Screen Production provides an intensive, film school-style experience for future writers, directors and producers of drama and documentary films.

Study Screen Production

Social Science for Public Health puts public health issues in context and looks at ways we can understand, analyze and improve health.

Study public health

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

Study Sociology