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 $10 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 philosophy, contemporary history, cybercrime and all of the key social sciences.

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Featured staff

Associate Professor Anna Halafoff is a sociologist of religion, and a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute, the CRIS (Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies) Consortium and the AVERT (Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism) Research Network at Deakin University.

Anna is also a Research Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific at Monash University. Her current research interests include religious diversity, interreligious relations, countering violent extremism, education about religions and worldviews, and Buddhism in Australia.

She has published widely in these fields and is the author of The Multifaith Movement: Global Risks and Cosmopolitan Solutions (Springer 2013), co-editor, with Elisabeth Arweck and Daniel Boivert, of Education about Religions and Worldviews: Promoting Intercultural and Interreligious Understanding in Secular Societies (Routledge 2016) and co-editor with Jim Spickard, Caroline Starkey and Sam Han of Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World (MDPI 2020). She is also a Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects, on 'Young Australians' perspectives on religions and non-religious worldviews,’ and ‘Religious diversity in Australia: Strategies to maintain social cohesion’.

Anna’s research has had a significant impact on policy and curriculum pertaining to learning about diverse worldviews and religions in Victoria and the Australian Curriculum.

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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Amidst the many political, social, economic and environmental challenges we face, the knowledge and skills gained from the humanities and social sciences are more important than ever. Employers in Australia and abroad consistently rate these skills and Deakin graduates highly. And don’t forget – studying our disciplines is engaging, thought-provoking and life-changing!

Professor Jack Reynolds

Head of School, Humanities and Social Sciences

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