School of Social Sciences
From political science and communication to archaeology and linguistics, we collaborate across government, community and industry to develop responses to major societal opportunities, challenges and injustices.
Our school is a hub for engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. Through innovative research and transformative education, our students forge critical understandings of local, regional and global issues.
Congratulations to our student award winners
We recognise the hard work and dedication you give to your studies and wish to celebrate your achievement with you. We also thank our generous donors for their continued support.
View the full list of School of Social Sciences 2019 prize winners and 2020 scholarship recipients and a selection of video messages.
Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in WA
With four European, four Asian and two Classical languages on offer, UWA is the leading institution in WA for language learning.
Immerse yourself in another language. Learn to see the world in a new way. Move between cultures with ease.
UWA academics leading online learning
See how our academics are teaching their classes online and interacting with students virtually.Read more
UWA alumna wins Journalist of the Year Award
Annabel Hennessy wins Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award for Jody Gore investigation Kill or Be Killed?Read more
New research prepares for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out
UWA researchers are part of a new study designed to prepare parents and government for a potential Australia-wide vaccination program.Read more
WA African Women’s Leadership (A-LEAD) Program 2019-20 Graduation!
The inaugural participants in the A-LEAD Program graduated at the International Women’s Day 2020 GalaRead more
UWA researchers to showcase their science findings live
UWA Social Sciences early career researcher, Ana Paula Motta, has been selected to present their research at the 2020 FameLab Western Australia semi-final.Read more
New pathway aims to alleviate concerns of year 12 ATAR students
UWA has introduced a new admissions pathway to help Year 12 ATAR students worried about a substantial interruption to their studies due to COVID-19.Read more
Our research strengths
We pride ourselves on our supportive and collaborative research environment, pooling our expertise to work for the greater good. This is reflected in our cross-disciplinary research strengths, which bring together researchers from across the school at all stages of their career.
Migration and Mobilities
People travel for migration or tourism, moving permanently or temporarily, individually or with families, by choice or through force. Mobility is something that defines humankind, crucial to our biological and social evolution.Read more about Migration and Mobilities
Analysing the uses and effects of media to communicate, manipulate, challenge and engage. From the exploration of the theory and practice of the internet, to video production, gaming, analyses of public communication, reality TV and representations of beauty online, we are interested in how media impacts our lives.Read more about Media
Social and Political Development
This Social Sciences research explores how societies, communities, politics and systems of governance generate and respond to change.Read more about Social and Political Development
Social equity and justice
Social equity and justice explores underlying issues that create injustice within and among societies in the global order. This research promotes an awareness of how more just institutions can be achieved within the wider society and global context.Read more about Social equity and justice
Mutsumi no ma and Japanese Garden
The Mutsumi no ma (traditional tatami room) and Japanese Garden are treasured facilities used by students and members of the UWA Japanese Society to enrich their understanding of Japanese culture.Read more about Mutsumi no ma and Japanese Garden