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.

The Human in Humanities

Professor Catherine Coleborne focuses on the human experience, its meaning and some of life’s bigger questions like ‘What does it mean to be Human?’ and how the Humanities offers informed ways of dealing with contemporary global issues at every level.

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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 - 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

As guests sit around a circle at the launch ceremony of the speech pathology event at Kempsy they are welcomed to be a part of the smoking ceremony

News • 20 Sep 2021

Partnering towards a brighter journey ahead

The Guyati, Garraka wa Witing Speech Pathology Project is a ground-breaking program to address the critical shortage of speech pathology services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in rural NSW.

Featured story • 17 Sep 2021

University of Newcastle’s webinar series “Reimagining Quality of Life Post-COVID” reached its highest popularity

University of Newcastle’s webinar series “Reimagining Quality of Life Post-COVID” reached its highest popularity in ‘Social Sciences Week 2021 ‘by hosting three world-renowned intellectuals: Noam Chomsky, Ariel Salleh and Gar Alperovitz

HSC Support and Advice

News • 3 Sep 2021

Advice and support for COVID-19 impacted HSC students 

With year 12 students preparing for one of the most disrupted HSC periods in history, a leading education expert provides advice for coping with exam pressure and cautions perceptions that an ATAR is the only path to university.

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Upcoming events

Student writing in library

Event • 24 Sep 2021

Karen Thrift Prize for Poetry and Lyrics

The University of Newcastle School of Humanities and Social Science, is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2021 Karen Thrift Prize for Poetry or Lyrics.

Event • 12 Oct 2021 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Family histories and the memory of nation

Join Professor Victoria Haskins as she reflects on her great-grandmother’s fight against Aboriginal child removal in the 1930s.

NFH Water Security

Event • 15 Oct 2021 from 5:30pm - 16 Oct 2021 until 8:00pm

New Futures Hackathon for Water Security

Meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work.

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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.