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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Sep3-5ConferencesThe History of Emotions
Date: 3–5 September 2015
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Hunter Building, Victoria University of Wellington
A multidisciplinary conference: call for papers. Read more
Sep3Public LecturesLove in Times of War: Corporeality, Masculinity, and the Emotions during the First World War
Date: 3 September 2015
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Hunter Council Chamber, Hunter Building, Kelburn Parade
You are invited to a public lecture by Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, University… Read more
Sep7Writers on Mondays: Questions of Travel - Michelle de Kretser
Date: 7 September 2015
Time: 12.15 pm
Venue: The Marae, Level 4, Te Papa
The acclaimed Australian novelist in conversation with Emily Perkins Read more

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24 August 2015 Honours Student of Italian to present at International Conference
What started off as a Summer Scholarship in 2014/15 is about to lead Victoria student… Read more
20 August 2015 Painting a picture of New Zealand
A commentary by Professor Simon Keller on the New Zealand flag debate. Read more
6 August 2015 Ngāi Tauira debate returns for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2015
Watch staff and students debate against each other in te Reo Māori and English on Te Karere. 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.