School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Understand how societies function in local and global settings and learn about the forces and events shaping our world. Studying at Deakin’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences lays the foundation for a multitude of career options, preparing you to take your place as a global citizen.

Study specialised courses exclusive to Deakin

Looking for something different? Study courses you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Master of Humanitarian Assistance and Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Cyber Security are unique to Deakin.

Our researchers are world class

With over $2 million in competitive research grants and funding secured over the past five years, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) has extensive research capabilities that are highly sought after.

Our research spreads across diverse fields from humanitarian and disaster relief to European philosophy and psychoanalysis.

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Featured staff

Professor Baogang He is an authority on Chinese democratisation, NGOs and local governance. Professor He, Deakin’s Chair in International studies, has an established international reputation. He has gained significant global attention for his work in international relations and Asian studies.

Creating military leaders

The SHSS has a robust partnership with Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, the premier leadership and management school of the Australian Defence College, Canberra. The collaborative program sees Deakin deliver courses for the professional development of senior Australian and overseas military officers and government officials.

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40 years of cultural heritage and museum studies

After 40 years of history, cultural heritage and museum studies at Deakin is the largest and the longest running course of its kind in Australia. Our graduates have gone on to make a difference across the broad cultural heritage sector in museums, galleries, heritage sites, government agencies and community organisations.

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The study of humanities and social sciences is the heart and soul of Deakin University. Studying with us, you’ll acquire critical thinking skills, the competence to engage cross-culturally, and the proficiency to navigate the workforce both today and in the future.

Professor Matthew Clarke

Head of School, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Phone: +61 3 5227 3086
Fax: +61 3 9244 6323
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