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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Sep1Writers on Mondays: Literary Lives - Michael Schmidt
Date: 1 September 2014
Time: 12.15 pm
Venue: The Marae, Level 4, Te Papa Tongarewa
The visiting poet, novelist, translator and anthologist is in conversation with Gregory O'Brien. Read more
Sep3Public LecturesThe Good News about the Māori Economy
Date: 3 September 2014
Time: 4.10 pm
Venue: Stout Research Centre, 12 Waiteata Rd, Kelburn
Presenter: Dr Philip Best… Read more
Sep8SeminarsFHSS Learning and Teaching Seminar Series: Stuart Brock
Date: 8 September 2014
Time: 12.15 pm
Venue: Murphy LT220
How I use course signals/early alerts Read more

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15 August 2014 Update from LLC
Learn about what has been going on at the LLC in the past year or so by browsing the newest issue of our newsletter! Read more
7 August 2014 Reading in Memory of Gabriel García Márquez
This event was held at Victoria University to pay homage to the Colombian author and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) Read more
1 August 2014 National win for School of Music graduate
Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music graduate, soprano Isabella Moore, has been crowned the winner of the 2014 Lexus Song Quest. Read more

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deborah-willis Welcome

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

Hine Parata-Walker, Bachelor of Arts student with majors in Maori Studies and Political Science

Hine Parata-Walker is pursuing her passion for politics at Victoria because she wants to be where decisions are made in New Zealand. Watch Hine’s story.


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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The Staff in the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office are here to assist you.
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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.