School of Humanities and Social Science
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
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.
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.
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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.
The history of madness with Professor Catharine Coleborne
News • 23 Mar 2021
Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO delivered the inaugural John Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture at University House to an on-line and face-to-face audience of over 180, on 17 March 2021 as part of the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre showcase.
News • 8 Mar 2021
Emeritus Professor John Maynard’s reputation as a trailblazer is well-deserved so it is only fitting that this historian, whose journey began with researching his own family’s history, is honoured in the InauguralJohn Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture.
News • 9 Feb 2021
Academy Excellence: nomination of Purai members to Humanities Academy highlights the importance of global indigenous history
With the election of Purai’s joint Directors, Emeritus Professor John Maynard and Professor Victoria Haskins, to the Australian Academy of the Humanities late last year, the University of Newcastle’s Purai Indigenous Global History Centre now boasts four historians championing the contribution that humanities, arts and culture can make to national life.
Event • 29 Apr 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Hear from founders and business leaders throughout the region as we explore the art of pitching.
Event • 3 May 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00am
Find out first-hand what opportunities are available to bring your new product, process or service through the phases of “explore – experiment – accelerate – scale” right here in the Hunter.
Event • 5 May 2021 from 8:00am - 9:00am
Join us at Startup Stories for an engaging session with one of Australia’s brightest medtech CEO’s and local Newcastle entrepreneur as she shares her insight into building a world-class company and scaling it across the globe.
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.