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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Oct28Public LecturesNew Zealand Centre for Literary Translation Annual Lecture
Date: 28 October 2014
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Room 606, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Parade
Title: Sex and Other Disappearing Acts: Translating Sexuality in Korean Fiction into EnglishShin Kyung-sook's I'll… Read more
Dec10Te Hui Whakapūmau December 2014 ceremony
Date: 10 December 2014
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Te Herenga Waka Marae
Te Hui Whakapūmau is a celebration for Māori graduands and their whānau. Read more
Dec11-12SymposiumsIndigenous Modernisms Histories of the Contemporary
Date: 11–12 December 2014
Time: 9.00 am
A two-day symposium bringing together an international group of scholars, curators and artists to address… Read more

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21 October 2014 New Zealand composer inducted to Music Hall of Fame
A composer who put the School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington on the map will be inducted posthumously into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards. Read more
10 October 2014 Special Topic: Understanding Southeast Asia
Take advantage of this unique opportunity over summer. Read more
8 October 2014 Student of Japanese documents volunteer experience
Student of Japanese Cody Rapley has documented his volunteer experience in a tsunami-affected part of Japan. 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.


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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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.