Aspiring to lead through Academic Excellence

The Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education (HASSE) is strategically positioned as a multidisciplinary academic unit for teaching, research and professional engagement, responsible for delivering services through the School of Education and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

The Faculty aspires to lead through academic excellence in learning and teaching, research, and engagement with the professions and industries; and to influence public policy, professional practice and community life across our diverse disciplines. It supports an outstanding learning and student experience through provision of a range of courses, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to prepare our graduates to achieve their potential in a complex and changing global environment. The Faculty undertakes world-class research, strengthened by collaboration across disciplines including strong partnerships with professions, industry, and other institutions.

Teaching and learning

The Faculty includes many academic disciplines taught by internationally recognised scholars with diverse teaching, research, and professional and community backgrounds.

We are a leading provider of both on-campus and online or distance education, offering flexible learning options for students throughout the year.

Study Areas

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Primary and Secondary School Education across all subject areas
  • Post-school and Professional Education
  • English, Media and Communications
  • Writing
  • Languages and Cultures (Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)
  • Music, Theatre and Performance
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Geography and Planning
  • Linguistics
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Asian Studies
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Local, Family and Applied History
  • Peace Studies
  • Classical languages (Latin and Greek)
  • Philosophy
  • Political and International studies, and
  • Studies in Religion.


Our research strengths are reflected in world-class standard research ratings in disciplines in both Schools, and internationally recognised research scholarship and research supervision.  The Faculty is home to The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR), a leading Australian site for international research partnerships in the Philippines and the Pacific.

We have thriving research centre affiliations including the Virtual Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL), the UNE Asia Centre, and the Heritage Futures Research Centre (HFRC). We also publish the Journal of Australian Colonial History.

Professional and community service

The Faculty collaborates with the professions, professional bodies, and industry partners across our range of disciplines to influence, inform and respond to community needs, and to prepare its graduates for future work, profession, and life contexts. Faculty membership of peak professional associations,
government boards and committees, education jurisdictions, and community organisations positions the Faculty to contribute to and drive policy and practice in our fields of interest, as leading players in local, state, national and international arenas. National and international partnerships with institutions
and professions expands the Faculty’s capacity to provide world-class education to students in Australia and internationally.

School of Education

The School of Education meets the needs of education communities through innovative flexible practices in research and teaching in rural, regional and remote, domestic and international contexts.

School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Teaching and research explores the foundations of culture and society, how humans interact with each other and the built environment, and how people communicate and express ideas.