Advancing human understanding

The School of Humanities and Social Science 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.

Our vision is for the University of Newcastle to establish a global reputation for its excellence in the humanities 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
Top 250 ? Top 250 in the world - Linguistics
Top 300 ? in the world - Arts and Humanities
ERA 4 ? above world standard for Historical Research studies

Multidisciplinary clusters

Our School-based clusters allow for staff with interrelated areas of expertise to collaborate and advance their research. This, in turn, makes for a richer student experience.

Learn more about our connected research and study options, as well as the people who work within the clusters.

Healthy Communities and Social Futures

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Historical, Cultural and Critical Inquiry

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Screens, Languages, English and Writing

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Societies, Cultures and Human Services

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Research

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

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.

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The history of madness with Professor Catharine Coleborne

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Latest news

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News • 24 Jun 2021

Graduation marks milestone for students on their academic journey

In recognition of their significant academic achievement, students across the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses will mark the culmination of their studies at graduation ceremonies over the next week.

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News • 28 Apr 2021

Queer Newcastle in the '50s to '80s – Your experience counts

Researchers at the University of Newcastle are seeking to uncover some of the hidden histories of relations between members of the LGBTQ+ community and police between 1950 and 1980.

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News • 23 Mar 2021

Bringing unheard voices back into collective memory

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO delivered the inaugural John Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture at University House to an on-line and face-to-face audience of over 180, on 17 March 2021 as part of the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre showcase.

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Upcoming events

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Event • 24 Sep 2021

Karen Thrift Prize for Poetry and Lyrics

The University of Newcastle School of Humanities and Social Science, is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2021 Karen Thrift Prize for Poetry or Lyrics.

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Event • 30 Sep 2021

Creative Ageing Symposium

The Creative Ageing Research Team at the University of Newcastle invites you to attend a one-day symposium that focusses on how engagement in creative activities can promote healthy brains and minds in older adults.

NFH Water Security

Event • 15 Oct 2021 from 5:30pm - 16 Oct 2021 until 8:00pm

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.

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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.