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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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 • 17 Dec 2020

New scholarship aims to improve health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities

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.

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News • 14 Dec 2020

Future of Madness Network wraps up a big first year

The Future of Madness Network led by Professor Catharine Coleborne has had a busy year, despite the interruptions and challenges presented by the pandemic.

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News • 14 Dec 2020

ARC grants to focus on peace in the Middle East and sex and the Australian military

Two Centre for the Study of Violence researchers have been successful in the highly competitive ARC discovery scheme.

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Upcoming events

Info Session

Event • 20 Jan 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

I2N Programs Information Session

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.

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Event • 27 Jan 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Promoting your research career - applying for awards

Join this session for top tips for award application writing, submission and recommendations for promoting your research career.

media and marketing

Event • 27 Jan 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join the Dots - Media & Marketing

Join like-minded creative business people, innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs to stay informed and connected.

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