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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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.

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

Professor Lyndall Ryan

News • 19 Mar 2020

Massacre Map Presentations to Canberra Audiences

Professor Lyndall Ryan, the leader of the team behind the Colonial Frontier Massacres Map has recently delivered several presentations in Canberra.

Julia Coffey

News • 12 Mar 2020

Listening across difference in feminist digital spaces

Is it possible to listen across difference in feminist digital spaces? That is the question being investigated by School of Humanities and Social Science researcher and member of the Centre for 21st Century Humanities, Dr Julia Coffey.

Nancy Cushing

News • 9 Mar 2020

History under the spotlight at the Newcastle Writers Festival

The Newcastle Writers Festival will again this year feature talks from historians, not only from the University of Newcastle, but also from the local area and beyond.

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Upcoming events

Event • 1 Apr 2020 at 12:00am

Fairy Tales: Meanings, Messages, and Morals

Location: Free online short course | Duration: 3 Weeks | Effort: 2-3 hours per week |Cost: FREE - Certificate for US$49 | Subject: Literature |Learn more about the course.About this…

Professor John Maynard with his latest publication

Event • 4 Apr 2020 at 11:30am

CANCELLED - The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe: Newcastle Writers Festival

Sadly, given the COVID-19 situation and the cancellation of the Newcastle Writers’ Festival, this event will not be taking place.John Maynard reveals the previously untold history of Aboriginal athletes and…

Taken from the cover of NLA 2018 publication, 'Cook and the Pacific.'

Event • 4 Apr 2020 at 3:00pm

CANCELLED - Captain Cook and the Frontier Wars: Newcastle Writers Festival

Sadly, given the COVID-19 situation and the cancellation of the Newcastle Writers’ Festival, this event will not be taking place.3:00 PM - 4:15 PMFREEHow are Indigenous Australians responding to the…

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