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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Jun1SeminarsSea-nic Views and Profit-Making in M-ocean: Water, Commerce, and the Cruise Industry
Date: 1 June 2016
Time: 4.10 pm
Venue: Stout Research Centre, 12 Waiteata Road, Kelburn Campus
Far from simply being watery zones of nature, seas are spaces of society and commerce. Read more
Jun2Seminar - Dr Paul Wolffram - Shamanism and Sorcery: An Embodied Ontological Approach
Date: 2 June 2016
Time: 12.00 pm
Room 103, 83 Fairlie TerraceAbstract:My current feature documentary project explores the creative shamanic and sorcery… Read more
Nov16-18ConferencesThe New Zealand Polymath - Colenso and his contemporaries
Date: 16–18 November 2016
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Wellington
The Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Alexander Turnbull Library are co-hosting… Read more

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11 May 2016 Students to discuss women’s rights on a global scale
Two Victoria BA students will attend the Women Deliver Global Conference 2016 in Copenhagen. Read more
4 May 2016 MoU brings senior Indian historian to Victoria
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 2 May in Auckland in the presence of the President of India, His Excellency Mr Pranab Mukherjee, gives Victoria students a unique opportunity to be taught about India by a senior Indian historian. Read more
3 May 2016 All that’s jazz: student accepted into international orchestra
Saxophonist Louisa Williamson from Victoria's Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music has become the first New Zealander to be accepted into the prestigious JM Jazz World Orchestra. 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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The Staff in the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office are here to assist you.
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Arts students learning from the best

Victoria’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has three subjects ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University rankings.