The University of Newcastle, Australia

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.

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Top 150 ? in the world - Sociology
Top 250 ? in the world 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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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.

Latest episode

Episode 8 - Digital humanities: looking to the past to understand our future

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Latest news

Youth sociology book cover

News • 6 Jul 2020

New book Youth Sociology helps understand youth pressures of today

Youth is a key period of transition with many challenges and issues for young people to contend with. A new book co-authored by University of Newcastle youth sociologist Dr Julia Coffey titled Youth Sociology helps break down and understand the pressures on youth today.

Routledge handbook

News • 2 Jul 2020

Dr. S A Hamed Hosseini publishes The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies

S A Hamed Hosseini, an expert in global studies from the School of Humanities and Social Science and the founder of Alternative Futures Research Network has led an international team of editors and authors to publish a novel handbook in the twin fields of globalisation and development studies: The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies.

Returned soldiers with masks on 1919.

News • 29 Jun 2020

Historians reveal little known histories of the Spanish Flu

Two Centre for 21st Century Humanities historians have delved into different aspects of the Spanish Flu pandemic, revealing little known histories which have become even more pertinent during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Upcoming events

Current Master of Education student Kristy

Event • 6 Jul 2020 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Webinar: Postgraduate Education

Join Professor Jim Albright, Program Convenor for the Graduate Certificate in Education and Master of Education at the University of Newcastle and have your questions answered during a free one-hour zoom webinar.

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Event • 8 Jul 2020 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Webinar: Master of Special and Inclusive Education

Join Dr Judith Foggett, Program Convenor for the Master of Special and Inclusive Education at the University of Newcastle and have your questions answered about the program during a free one-hour zoom webinar.

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