Social sciences and public policy

Studying social sciences and public policy can open up a wide range of careers that involve understanding and working with people and organisations. At AUT you’ll study society at many levels – from individuals, families and communities, governments and cultures through to our global system.

You will become familiar with disciplines including conflict resolution, criminology and psychology.

Postgraduate study in social sciences and public policy will build on your knowledge and expertise in your area of interest.

A certificate or diploma will give you an introduction to your chosen subject and can prepare you for further study.

Research in social sciences and public policy

We believe in high-quality research that has impact, and have world-class researchers and research strengths across social sciences and public policy.

More about our research

International student exchange

Immerse yourself in another culture while you study and have the adventure of your life. Check out where you can go on exchange – and read some stories from returned AUT students.

Exchange for AUT students

Jon Stagg
Naima Ali
Tenisha Kumar
Joel Harman
Social change campaigner Richie Hardcore
Associate Professor Camille Nakhid
AUT grad interns with the United Nations
Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop
Social change campaigner Richie Hardcore
Academia enhances social change tools
19 Apr, 2018
Social change campaigner Richie Hardcore kicked off the AUT Culture and Society Career Fair by stressing the importance of resilience and learning.
Associate Professor Camille Nakhid
Academic discusses racism complaints
07 Mar, 2018
School of Social Sciences Associate Professor Camille Nakhid was featured in a Stuff article about the recent rise of racism complaints to the Human Rights Comm...
AUT grad interns with the United Nations
AUT grad interns with the United Nations
16 Feb, 2018
In March, AUT alumnus Kaden Wilson is heading to New York to work with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's mission to the United Nations.
Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop
First national inquiry breaks the silenc...
14 Nov, 2017
Tagaloatele Professor Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop at AUT is one of four commissioners appointed to oversee Samoa’s national inquiry into family violence.

Contact details

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School of Social Sciences and Public Policy
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