School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

Students in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry are trained to think historically, philosophically and politically about the world, societies and cultures. Working alongside and guiding you in your studies are experts in their fields who will introduce you to cutting edge ideas, new ways of thinking and global perspectives. You will hone your skills of interpretation (nothing is ever just black and white), and you will gain experience in analysing and synthesising complex ideas; skills that are essential in real world problem solving and highly valuable to a wide range of employers. Every ‘real world’ problem today has a cultural and social dimension that can be understood using the skills you will gain doing one of our degrees.

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Bob Carr on foreign policy, climate change, and the use of politics 

Bob Carr LHA

“Politics helps you to deliver change,” he said. “But, especially in light of all the leadership changes in Canberra lately, I think there is a real need for political leadership in democracy. Australian politicians used to believe in something. Australia is hungry for vision.”

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UOW student to represent Australia in Chinese language competition 

Chinese language competition

UOW students Max Meddow, Thanh Nguyen and Hop Dao recently participated in the 17th Chinese Bridge Language Competition for Foreign Tertiary Students in Sydney, under the guidance of Dr Xiaoping Gao. 


The Future of Philosophy

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Senior Professor of Philosophical Psychology, Daniel Hutto, shares his insight and research on the changing nature of Philosophy. "Twenty-first century philosophy is changing. One of its most influential grand programmes, at the dawn of previous century, has come under pressure and is giving way to several exciting new developments."


LHA Awards Night

LHA Awards NIGHT Lorin Reid

 Hear the highlights and see the images from our Awards night for HSI and TAEM. 

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Language study opened world of travel, work opportunities to graduate

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For Thomas Curran, learning a language has been one of the most valuable decisions he has made. It has provided him with a wealth of travel and study opportunities.

On Tuesday (13 February), the University of Wollongong graduate was one of a number of former students who returned to encourage future students to undertake a language as part of their university studies.

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Google wants humanities employees – HSI graduate Motoki Sano shows why!

HSI Student

Google has found that what it needed for success was less STEM and more Humanities, Arts and Social Science.

Our very own Motoki Sano is an inspiration for current students. He now works at Google after completing an Honours degree and PhD in English Language and Linguistics (ELL) at UOW. You can see Motoki's co-edited book here and other work here including studies of disaster responses and social media. Linguistics is a valuable bridge between STEM and the Humanities, developing both 'soft skills' and robust analysis.

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