School of Humanities and Social Science
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.
Mapping the injustices of our past
Professor Lyndall Ryan focuses on our dark history with the Colonial Frontier Massacres Map.
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.
Study with us
Our students develop in-demand skills that are transferrable across industries, while also having access to state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technologies.
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.
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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.
The history of madness with Professor Catharine Coleborne
News • 19 Oct 2020
Politics in a podcast is a monthly podcast organized by Politics in the Pub Newcastle, in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Social Science, and the Newcastle Business School, at the University of Newcastle. Each month will feature an interview with a special guest to dissect the political issues facing Australia and the broader world.
News • 15 Oct 2020
Former PhD student with the Centre for the Study of Violence, Bryce Abraham, has been awarded the 2020 CEW Bean Prize for his thesis “Valore Australis: Constructions of Australian Military Heroism from Sudan to Vietnam.”
News • 15 Oct 2020
Member of the Centre for the Study of Violence Professor Lyndall Ryan has received an honourable mention in a list of the world’s most influential historians.
Event • 7 Oct 2020 - 28 Oct 2020
This course will allow you to develop deeper understanding of the underworlds you will encounter in podcasts, televisions series and books. You will develop a sense of the processes which occur when someone becomes entangled with the legal system.
Event • 14 Oct 2020 - 4 Nov 2020
What are the different ways you can understand a poem? How do different elements of a poem work together? What difference does context make to literature? Get answers to these questions and more with this course introducing poetry analysis and literary analysis.
Event • 19 Oct 2020 from 11:30am - 1:00pm
Join this session to learn how to develop a Data Management Plan; create a data record in compliance with the Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research; and publish your data to meet your funding or publishing requirements.