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An international destination for students and staff: Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome from the Head of School

Professor Catharine ColeborneWe welcome you warmly to the School of Humanities and Social Science, one of the largest at the University of Newcastle (UON). In January 2016 UON appears in the list of the top 200 most international universities in the world, as measured by its students, enrolment, its outlook and quality research (Times Higher Education Rankings). The School is home to an international academic staff community who are well placed to deliver an innovative curriculum as we move forward into the future and the next decade of higher education.

In the coming months we are working on a revitalised set of goals for our Bachelor of Arts degree to address questions of knowledge acquisition through research skills; writing, presentation and digital literacy; work integrated learning; informed citizenship; a global education from our multidisciplinary points of view; innovation in teaching modes and outcomes for students; industry and employer outreach, and much more.

If you join our school and its disciplines now you will see much of this activity to sharpen the focus of our teaching and learning is already underway. Our many strong research strands find articulation in research centres, disciplines and emerging research clusters, with excellent results in the Excellence and Research for Australia (ERA Rankings, 2015). We are a community of scholars committed to providing a critical, comprehensive, compassionate, global education through our degree programs.

The academics in our School are engaged in world class, high impact scholarship in such fields as Endangered Languages, the History of Violence, Religion in Political Life, Social Thought and Analysis, and Social Work. We anticipate new developments in Health and Social Research among our emerging staff research clusters in 2016 and 2017. Our academic staff are active contributors to The Conversation, and our school is home to Australian Research Council early career postdoctoral researchers, Future Fellows past and present, research grant awards and government funded postgraduate students.

Our academic staff actively research and teach across a wide variety of disciplines, including ancient and modern history, classical and modern languages, English literature and creative writing, linguistics, media and cultural studies, philosophy and religion, sociology and anthropology, in addition to professional disciplines: community welfare, social work, and speech pathology.

The School's international focus is supported through its languages programs (Chinese, French, German and Japanese, as well as a new partnership to offer Indonesian), international exchanges and teaching activities in Singapore, and through the Master of Social Change and Development and Master of Applied Linguistics programs.

The School also contributes substantially to prescribed courses for a range of degree programs in the wider University such as Communication, Development Studies, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Nursing. The School provides a full range of Undergraduate, Honours, Graduate Certificate, Coursework Masters, MPhil and PhD programs.

We deliver courses at four campuses: Callaghan, Ourimbah, Port Macquarie, Sydney, and also online.

The School of Humanities and Social Science at UON is a vibrant, welcoming, learning and collaborative environment. It's a great time to join us as we move into a NeW Future for education and research. We look forward to seeing you in 2016 and into the future.

Professor Catharine Coleborne
Head of School/Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Newcastle