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 • 17 Dec 2020
To help address the health needs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across rural NSW, the University of Newcastle has launched a new Indigenous scholarship in the field of Speech Pathology.
News • 14 Dec 2020
The Future of Madness Network led by Professor Catharine Coleborne has had a busy year, despite the interruptions and challenges presented by the pandemic.
News • 14 Dec 2020
Two Centre for the Study of Violence researchers have been successful in the highly competitive ARC discovery scheme.
Event • 20 Jan 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join the I2N team and our program facilitators for an overview of what opportunities are available to realise the impact of your idea or research.
Event • 27 Jan 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join this session for top tips for award application writing, submission and recommendations for promoting your research career.
Event • 27 Jan 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join like-minded creative business people, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs to stay informed and connected.