School of Social Sciences

Understanding human experience and exploring how and why society works

The study of social sciences helps us understand the social world. The School of Social Sciences at UWA bridges social, physical and environmental sciences, with a range of different disciplines, all engaged in understanding the human condition.

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.
As a student, you can apply your education to benefit communities around the world, applying your expertise to one sector or industry such as government, finance or media, or you can choose to explore broad topics such as social change or relationships between citizens, community and state.

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.

Our disciplines

Anthropology and Sociology

This area seeks to better understand people and the societies in which they live and work.

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Archaeology is the study of human life, thoughts and actions through materials left behind.

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Asian Studies

Asian Studies critiques and interrogates Western theories of social, economic, political and cultural development.

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Language is at the core of what it means to be human and is central to how we interact with others in our lives.

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Media and Communication

Media and communication tools are transforming the way we think about our identities, relationships and communities.

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Political Science and International Relations

Our research and teaching explores the politics and governance of our complex, dynamic and globalised world.

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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.

Award-winning teaching

Mandatory vaccination workshop - call for papers

A new global research network is being established to draw together interdisciplinary scholars of vaccination policy, focused on vaccine mandates as an instrument to enhance vaccination coverage. We propose a workshop to the World Congress on Public Health in Rome,  Monday 12 - Saturday 17 October 2020, to rectify the lack of opportunity for empirical scholars to meet and engage on the issue, share their work and ideas, and build collaborations. With spaces for up to five papers from interested participants, those eligible will need to commit to funding their accommodation, registration and travel to the conference, and complete their conference registration no later than June 2020, in the event of the workshop being accepted by the conference organisers.

To be considered for the workshop submission, please review the conference abstract structure available at and send your completed abstract to Dr Katie Attwell with ‘Mandates Workshop’ in the subject line by 20 February 2020. 

Submit your abstract to Dr Katie Attwell


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