Humanities and Social Sciences
By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, you’ll gain a critical understanding of how society shapes, and is shaped by, culture, politics, geography, economics, media, history, language, the environment and more. You will develop the knowledge and skills to define complex problems, and identify and design solutions, while being supported in your passion to drive and implement change.
With our collaborations across industry, government and community, you’ll apply knowledge and expertise to respond to major societal opportunities, challenges and injustices, such as achieving sustainable development, addressing climate change, eliminating poverty, strengthening global communications and improving the mental health of communities.
Within the humanities, through the study of culture, language, literature, history and philosophy, you will examine the human experience and gain a deep understanding of the connections that tie us all together.
Within the social sciences, which bridges the social, physical and environmental sciences, you will use a scientific approach to understanding the development and operations of societies and their influence on the world.
1st in WA for full-time employment
for undergraduates in Communication, Media and Journalism (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020).
Get practical training
through internships, hands-on learning with industry and business partners, and overseas study opportunities.
83.6% for skills development, 87.9% for teaching quality
satisfaction rate for Undergraduate Humanities and Social Sciences (Good Universities Guide).
#1 in WA
for Arts and Humanities, Psychology, and Social Sciences and Management (QS WUR by Subject 2020).
WA’s largest language hub
with four European languages, four Asian languages and two Classical languages taught.
Where our graduates go
Preparing you for a successful career
Connecting you with industry
Gain a critical edge with our global research collaborations and strong links with industry leaders.
Our established network of connections spans the creative and public sectors, including Perth Fashion Festival, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, City of Perth, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Department of Commerce.
Our corporate supporters ensure you stay at the forefront of industry trends by providing guest lectures, case studies, mentoring and a suite of scholarships and prizes to help you achieve at the highest level.
Skills for the future
Graduates are now required to hold a bank of transferable skills. These skills can never be automated or replicated by artificial intelligence, ensuring you’re well equipped for the jobs of the future.
- Creativity, originality and initiative
- Analytical thinking
- Complex problem-solving
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Leadership and social influence
- Emotional intelligence
Source: Australian Government, Department of Jobs and Small Business, Australian Jobs 2019
Study in this area will provide you with a range of skills you can use in different careers locally, nationally and internationally. You could apply your expertise to sectors and industries such as government, non-government, higher education, media and communications organisations, advertising or arts and cultural organisations. Languages too are deemed a national priority under the Australian Government’s 2021 Job-ready Graduates Package, which encourages students to consider studying for jobs of the future.
- Arts administrator/manager
- Business administration manager
- Communications adviser
- Editor or journalist
- Foreign affairs and trade officer
- Intelligence analyst
- Media producer
- Policy manager/adviser
- Public relations manager
- Translator or interpreter
Job growth in this industry
Full-time employment outcomes of graduates who studied Humanities, culture and social sciences:
- 87% – Undergraduate
- 90.5% – Postgraduate coursework
- 87.1% – Postgraduate research
The Archaeology Lab is a research and analysis facility used by UWA undergraduates, postgraduates, student volunteers, honours students, staff and visiting researchers. It is an essential working space to examine artefacts, botanical and faunal specimens and other material brought back from excavations. The lab is used to analyse materials such as seeds, animal bones, shells, eggshells, stone artefacts and charcoal collected during fieldwork.
- Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
- Anthropology and Sociology
- Asian Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Classics and Ancient History
- Communication and Media Studies
- Environmental Geography and Planning
- English and Literary Studies
- French Studies
- Gender Studies
- Geographical Sciences
- German Studies
- History of Art
- Human Geography and Planning
- Humanities in Health and Medicine
- Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage
- Indonesian Studies
- Italian Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Korean Studies
- Law and Society
- Political Science and International Relations
- Psychology (Extended Major)
- Psychology in Society
- Psychological Science
- Spanish Studies
- Work and Employment Relations
- Active Citizenship
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Creative Writing Studies
- Cross Cultural Communication
- Digital Citizenship
- Indonesian Language and Culture
- Japanese Language and Culture
- Korean Language and Culture
- Science and Policy: Climate Change, Environmental Planning and Urban Environments
- Bachelor's degrees
- Integrated honours
- Graduate certificates
- Graduate diplomas
- Master's degrees
- Commerce and Translation Studies
- Environmental Planning
- Forensic Anthropology
- International Development
- International Law and International Relations
- International Relations
- Public Policy
- Science Communication
- Social Work
- Strategic Communication
- Translation Studies
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Research degrees
Learn from our experts
Dr Katie Attwell
Dr Katie Attwell is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellow, senior lecturer and academic researcher at the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more
Dr Ethan Blue
Ethan Blue is a multi-award-winning teacher, researcher and senior lecturer in History at UWA. His first book Doing Time in the Depression (2012) traces the origins of mass incarceration in the United States.Read more
Professor Susan Broomhall
Susan Broomhall is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Professor of History, researching the medieval and early modern world.Read more
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell is a researcher and teacher at UWA’s School of Humanities.Read more
Professor Amanda Davies
Professor Amanda Davies is the Head of UWA’s School of Social Sciences and a lecturer and researcher of human geography.Read more
Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor
Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor is the Discipline Chair for History within the School of Humanities, and the Director of the Centre for Western Australian History.Read more
Professor Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Professor Tony Hughes-d'Aeth is Chair in Australian Literature, Discipline Chair for English and Literary Studies at UWA, and is the Director of the Westerly Centre.Read more
Professor John Kinder
Professor John Kinder is a respected linguist, Italian language and culture specialist, author, language researcher and educator at The University of Western Australia.Read more
Dr Sven Ouzman
Dr Sven Ouzman is an archaeologist and activist who studies the forgotten worlds beneath and all around us, from exploring and finding artefacts in the field, to discovering them in the lab.Read more
Professor Alistair Paterson
Professor Alistair Paterson is an archaeologist, Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and professor at the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more
Professor Benjamin Reilly
Professor Benjamin Reilly is a political scientist and academic at the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more
Dr Ingrid Ward
Dr Ingrid Ward is a geoarchaeologist and ARC DECRA Research Fellow in the UWA School of Social Sciences.Read more
Professor Rob Wilson
Professor Rob Wilson is a philosopher and lecturer of philosophy at UWA in the School of Humanities.Read more
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