Study social sciences and public policy


AUT grad interns with the United Nations

Master of Human Rights, and Bachelors of Laws & Bachelor of Arts (double degree) alumnus Kaden Wilson has been awarded an Internz scholarship in New York, working with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's mission to the United Nations.

The three month internship will enable Kaden to play a key role in New Zealand's long-standing commitment to the United Nations.

Find out more about Kaden's journey here.

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

Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, Professor Judy McGregor has written the following articles for the NZ Herald about the forthcoming New Zealand general election.
  • How different would the 2017 election campaign be if 16 and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote and more of those aged 18-29 years used their vote? Read the full opinion piece.
  • In New Zealand women earn on average 12% less than male counterparts in the same role. The pay gap worsens by age, ethnicity and occupational sector. Read more.

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 Human Rights
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology
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 2018
Postgraduate Study Guide 2018
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: 01-Feb-2018 10.38am

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