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People are our focus


A sociology degree will prepare students to dissect the multiple layers of our social world - with all its pitfall and promises - and apply that knowledge to guide our society to a better future.

Gender Studies

We address the ways gender, sexuality and identity are created, experienced and transformed in all areas of private and public life.

Social Work

Social workers provide advice, advocacy and support to those with personal and social issues. They focus on problem solving and change for the better, and may work with individuals, families or whole communities.


Criminology at Otago focuses on the critical study of crime and victimization, theories of crime causation and prevention, the criminal justice system and the responses of the broader community to crime.

Children's Issues Centre

The Centre serves as an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and students with an interest in advancing knowledge about children’s development, well-being and rights.