Study social sciences and public policy

At AUT you study society at many levels from individuals, families, communities, whānau, aiga, iwi, groups, organisations, governments and cultures through to the global system in which we live.

Studying social sciences and public policy can open up a wide range of careers that involve understanding and working with people and organisations. An understanding of social sciences is useful for many fields, from the private sector to education and government. Study with us and become familiar with several disciplines within the social sciences including conflict resolution, criminology and psychology. Our Bachelor of Arts is flexible and you can tailor it to suit your interests and career goals.

Recent activity at the School

The proportion of New Zealand women on the boards of the top 100 companies listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange has finally climbed above 20%. However, Professor Judy McGregor and Stevie Davis-Tana argue that there is a lot more improvement needed. Read the full New Zealand Census of Women on Boards 2017 report.

Undergraduate programmes
Bachelor of Arts overview


In addition to the above majors, a variety of minors and electives give you the opportunity to broaden your programme of study.

Additional majors and minors in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Arts

Postgraduate programmes
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy
Master of Arts Overview
Master of Human Rights
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Sciences
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts

Pre-degree programmes
Certificate in Social Sciences

Summer School 2017/18

Application information
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Opportunities for students
Workplace experience
Student exchange

Programme information
Undergraduate Study Guide 2017
Postgraduate Study Guide 2017
Timetable information

Contact us
AUT School of Social Sciences and Public Policy
Level 14
AUT Tower (WT Building)
Corner Rutland and Wakefield Streets
Auckland 1010
Phone: 0800 AUT UNI

Last updated: 17-Jul-2017 2.02pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.