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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Jul28SeminarsFHSS Learning and Teaching Seminar Series: Matt Plummer
Date: 28 July 2014
Time: 12.15 pm
Venue: Murphy LT220
App making software for teaching and learning Read more
Jul28Writers on Mondays: The Astonishing Geoff Cochrane
Date: 28 July 2014
Time: 12.15 pm
Venue: The Marae, Level Four, Te Papa
Poet and fiction writer Geoff Cochrane in conversation with Fergus Barrowman Read more
Aug1ConferencesConference - Loops and Splices: Changing Media Technologies
Date: 1 August 2014
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Victoria University of Wellington Kelburn Campus
Keynote Speaker: Prof Ian Christie (Birkbeck College, University of London) The Film and Media Studies… Read more

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22 July 2014 Documentary Film to Premiere at NZIFF
Dr Paul Wolffram's feature length documentary "Voices of the Land – Nga Reo o te Whenua" will premiere at Wellington’s New Zealand International Film Festival on 26 July.   Read more
22 July 2014 New poetry book by Dr Marco Sonzogni
Dr Marco Sonzogni, a Senior Lecturer in Italian and the current Director of the New… Read more
3 July 2014 National teaching award for Victoria Pacific Studies lecturer
Pacific Studies Senior Lecturer Dr Teresia Teaiwa has been recognised nationally for her inspirational teaching approach. 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.

Arden Perrot

It's who I am becoming

See how arts graduate Arden Perrot learned he could make a difference not only in his own life but also in other people's lives, through education.
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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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Eleanor Catton, Man Booker winner 2013

Victoria University confers honorary doctorate on Eleanor Catton

Award-winning author of The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton, received the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature at Victoria University of Wellington's May graduation ceremony.
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Need advice on your programme of study?

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

Through other people's eyes

See how studying law and religious studies has given Karin McCracken a deeper understanding of how other people see the world.
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