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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Nov24Public LecturesArt Advocacy Translation: Collapsing the Divide: Chinese-English Translation, Transliteration, and Interlanguage
Date: 24 November 2015
Time: 4.00 pm
Where: 606 von Zedlitz, Kelburn ParadeIn this lecture Professor Stalling will move through a series… Read more
Dec2SeminarsSteering in choppy waters: Bill Renwick's contributions to New Zealand education
Date: 2 December 2015
Time: 4.10 pm
Venue: 12 Waiteata Road, Kelburn
Dr Cathy Wylie will give an informal talk on Bill Renwick's contribution to education. Read more
Dec3Public LecturesAronui Lecture 2015: Professor Iain McCalman
Date: 3 December 2015
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Cable Street, Wellington
Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney, will present the 2015 New Zealand Aronui Lecture entitled: Great Barrier Reef Passions: Why history stories matter. Read more

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30 November 2015 No Man's Land preview
A preview is now available of the epic symphony of musical commemoration of World War 1 being created by Professor John Psathas, from Victoria’s Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music (NZSM). Read more
26 November 2015 IIML graduates on Book Awards long list
Six graduates of our MA and PhD Creative Writing programmes have been longlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Read more
18 November 2015 A passion for Italian
Truly loving what you teach is the key to successfully engaging students, according to Sally Hill, winner of a Victoria University Teaching Excellence award. 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 four subjects ranked in the top 100 in the QS World University rankings.