Te Kura Aronui School of Social Sciences

Our subjects in Te Kura Aronui School of Social Sciences ask questions about the evolving nature and use of natural and physical resources, spaces, and the nonphysical realm of ideas, beliefs, morals, language, and organisations. These questions expose a great deal about the world around us, but also look more closely at our place within it.  In our discipline, teaching and research stands at the intersection of pivotal global and local debates. Such issues range widely, from post-colonialism and indigeneity, to growth, sustainability and climate resilience, social justice, emergent identities and institutions.

Students studying social sciences at the University of Waikato work alongside award winning teachers and internationally respected academics. Our programmes offer flexible and engaging learning options, providing students with much needed choice to work around their busy lifestyles in the modern environment. Our students collectively stand ready to help shape the world around us.

Intelligent Questions

Gender, sexuality and the body

When did you last hear something positive about physical differences? Professor Katrina Roen speaks about how we experience our bodies and how we make sense of what we experience.

Exploring Consumer Society and the Service Economy by Researching Baristas

Dr Gemma Piercy-Cameron speaks about her PhD research on baristas and café culture.

What does history look like if we start from the ocean, instead of the land?

Dr Kate Stevens speaks about the history of whaling in Aotearoa New Zealand and her other research interests.


Social atlas provides valuable insights into changing population

A social atlas developed at the University of Waikato is the first of its kind in New Zealand – and researchers say it paints a unique picture of our changing demographics.

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University of Waikato partners with six international universities to launch Cyber Diplomacy Network

Dr Joe Burton from the University of Waikato is participating this week in the launch of an international cyber diplomacy network involving seven universities from around the world.

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Scholarship winner looking to the future of the environment

This year’s Artemis Scholarship recipient is keen to use her degree to help iwi mitigate negative impacts on the environment as a result of increased development.

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University of Waikato joins international Climate Alliance

The University of Waikato has joined an international coalition of around 50 of the world’s top climate research universities with a shared vision to be a global source of trusted communication of climate research.

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