Advancing human understanding

The new School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences (from 2022) offers a diverse range of teaching and research that contributes to our understanding of global peoples, societies, histories and cultures, and helps us to imagine the future.

We take pride in our quality teaching and research to foster positive outcomes for our students and staff. We are based at Callaghan, at the Central Coast Ourimbah Campus, and in the City. Our precinct in the Newcastle CBD spans NUspace, the new Q Building, the Conservatorium of Music, University House, and Northumberland House (Watt Space Gallery). We provide state-of-the-art facilities for learning and creativity.

The new School brings together a range of discipline areas from the humanities and social sciences to the creative fields. Our creative staff include animators, communicators, musicians, performers, artists, and designers. We deliver innovative experiences across both established and emerging fields such as creative writing, design, filmmaking, animation, music, journalism, performance, games design, and artmaking. Our School also offers music production suites, performing arts and visual communication spaces, and cutting-edge design and creative arts facilities.

Our vision is for the University of Newcastle to establish a global reputation for its excellence in our respective fields and to be the destination of choice for the humanities, creative disciplines and social sciences.

The Human in Humanities

Professor Catherine Coleborne focuses on the human experience, its meaning and some of life’s bigger questions like ‘What does it mean to be Human?’ and how the Humanities offers informed ways of dealing with contemporary global issues at every level.

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Top 150 ? in the world - Sociology
World Top 200 ? for English Language and Literature
ERA 4 ? above world standard for Historical Research studies
#1 in Australia ? for skills satisfaction
87% Satisfied ? with creative arts teaching quality Find out more Cutting-edge facilities ? so you graduate work-ready Find out more
#5 in Australia ? for overall postgraduate education experience

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Our research is interdisciplinary, drawing on traditions from the humanities, social sciences and creative fields, along with collaborations with researchers in other Schools andColleges.

Our Human Experience

The researchers of the School of Humanities and Social Science examine all facets of what it means to be human. This podcast series explores important questions about humanity, society and current events.

Join us for thought-provoking conversations with our humanities and social science scholars who are helping to improve the human experience through their research. Episodes are released on a monthly basis.

Latest episode

The history of madness with Professor Catharine Coleborne

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Latest news

News • 28 Oct 2021

Hunter, Illawarra and Far West residents invited to share energy goals

As world leaders commence conversations in Glasgow for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, residents of the Hunter, Illawarra and Far West are being asked to contribute their thoughts on the future of energy in New South Wales.

News • 11 Oct 2021

Name. Narrate. Navigate. A new way to combat youth violence

A significant funding boost will expand learnings from the Name.Narrate.Navigate (NNN) pilot program – a preventive-intervention program developed to address the significant, yet underserviced, issue of youth violence.

Featured story • 17 Sep 2021

University of Newcastle’s webinar series “Reimagining Quality of Life Post-COVID” reached its highest popularity

University of Newcastle’s webinar series “Reimagining Quality of Life Post-COVID” reached its highest popularity in ‘Social Sciences Week 2021 ‘by hosting three world-renowned intellectuals: Noam Chomsky, Ariel Salleh and Gar Alperovitz

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.