Humanities and Social Science is a highly diverse School. We teach and research in a range of Humanities and Social Science disciplines, and we also offer Social Work and Speech Pathology.

Our strategy is to capture the multidisciplinary potential and strengths of this breadth in our research and education portfolio, also looking outwards to STEM, Education and Creative Industries colleagues. Our four multidisciplinary Cluster groupings (launched in 2018) aim to bring academic staff together to find creative connections between education, research and with community and industry partners. We play positively into Faculty and University priorities and programs.

We are distinctive: we have an emerging identity as a provider of innovative undergraduate education via our BA online, and a positive program of Work Integrated Learning in all our degrees.

Our two specific areas of focus are to:

  • attract, foster and support new research and teaching talent
  • drive strategic regional, national and international research initiatives to continue raising our profile in the sector

Welcome from the Head of School

Professor Catharine Coleborne

The School is home to an international academic staff, delivering comprehensive, inquiry-driven education across areas of social, cultural, political, economic, and global change.

Our degrees offer a vast range of teaching and research opportunities that contribute to the advancement of human understanding. We emphasise an active learning approach.

Developing opportunities for students to gain real-world experience during their studies remains our core focus.

Our vigorous research culture spans a wide variety of disciplines and has seen us advance our presence both locally and internationally through our research centres, disciplines and emerging research clusters and new networks.

Our academics are engaged in world-class, high-impact scholarship in fields like Endangered Languages, the History of Violence, New Writing Newcastle, Youth Studies, Early Modern Studies, Digital Humanities, Gender and Sexualities Research, and Social Work research into Social and Youth Justice, Disaster and Resilience, Society, Health and Disability. Our staff are active contributors to The Conversation, and our school is home to Australian Research Council early career postdoctoral researchers, Future Fellows past and present, research grant awards, and government-funded postgraduate students.

Our vision is for the University of Newcastle to be known for its contribution and excellence in the humanities and social sciences – complementing its strong distinction in science, engineering and medicine.

Our School provides a vibrant, welcoming, outward-looking and collaborative environment that features revitalised programs which are embedded with practical learning.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Top 150 ? in the world - Sociology
World Top 200 ? for English Language and Literature
Top 250 ? Top 250 in the world - Linguistics
Top 300 ? in the world - Social Sciences and Management
Top 300 ? in the world - Arts and Humanities
ERA 4 ? above world standard for Historical Research studies

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.