Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is student-focused and offers a diverse range of courses and qualifications across the spectrum of Humanities and Social Science disciplines.

Teaching in all subjects is informed by the research undertaken by Faculty academic staff. The Faculty takes advantage of its capital city location through its links that include Government, the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, Archives New Zealand, the National Library and numerous theatres and art galleries.

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Mar11SeminarsSubmerged Below the Codex Line: New Zealand's Neglected Nineteenth Century Serial Novels
Date: 11 March 2015
Time: 4.10 pm
Venue: Stout Research Centre, 12 Waiteata Rd, Kelburn
Presenter: J.E. Traue A recently compiled checklist of nineteenth century New Zealand novels and novellas… Read more
Mar12SeminarsDogs, Muskets, Country: The Violence of the Colonial Frontier in 1830s Van Diemen's Land
Date: 12 March 2015
Time: 4.10 pm
Venue: 12 Waiteata Rd, Kelburn
Treaty of Waitangi Research Unit & History Programme Seminar Presenter: Dr Eva Bischoff, Trier University,… Read more
Mar13Public LecturesMaurice Goldsmith Lecture presented by Frank Jackson
Date: 13 March 2015
Time: 5.00 pm
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5 March 2015 New research indicates homosexuality prevalent in early Christian Rome
Research carried out at Victoria University of Wellington indicates that homosexuality was prevalent in the early Christian Roman Empire, contrary to what historians have previously believed.    Read more
2 March 2015 New Zealand's Iraq Deployment: Motivations and Interests
Robert Ayson, Professor of Strategic Studies, talked to a Diplosphere forum at Parliament House. Read more
20 February 2015 New Composer-in-Residence at Victoria University
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music has announced the appointment of John Elmsly as the School's next Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence. Read more

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Head shot of Professor Jennifer WindsorWelcome

Professor Jennifer Windsor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean welcomes you to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Read more from Jennifer.


The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is known for achieving excellence in research in many disciplinary areas and is the home of many internationally acclaimed researchers.
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See what our students say about their studies and experiences in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences on YouTube (1.11min).

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Josh Wright is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and an International Relations major

Josh Wright left University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)—and a very clear picture of where he wanted his career to take him. Watch Josh’s story.