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On our doorstep - smallOn Our Doorstep: A voice for homeless youth - student film creates awareness

Students from AUT's Master of Human Rights class have screened their documentary to a full house, and have garnered media attention. The film sheds light on New Zealand’s homelessness crisis. The documentary features exclusive interviews with homeless youth and social workers on the front line.

Following the documentary there was a panel discussion including Alan Johnson from the Salvation Army, Angela Maynard from the Tenancy Protection Association and youth workers who spoke about their personal experiences.

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.

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

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-Feb-2017 2.49pm

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