Research strengths

UNSW School of Humanities & Languages is recognised as a unique world-leading centre for research across the humanities and language studies.

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Our research is focussed around four broad areas: History, Philosophy, Language Studies, and Human Geography. Within those areas we engage in research that covers topics ranging from ancient Greek and modern European philosophy, the history of migration and global empire, classical and modern Chinese literature, interpreting in legal settings, language revival in Australia and around the world, and investigating ways to better protect the environment. 

Asian studies researchers explore pressing problems of the current era as well as ongoing puzzles about past societies. We seek to enhance progress towards the formation of just societies, social progress and economic prosperity and environmental sustainability in the Asian region and Australia by disseminating informed discussion based on a deep knowledge of Asia.

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Australian studies explores Australian history, culture, society and environment from its first settlement by Aboriginal people until the present. It plays a crucial role in developing informed and critically engaged citizenship and fosters analytical and creative engagement with Australia in its global relationships.

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Environment & society will provide you with a solid foundation to engage with contemporary social and environmental issues and become the environment and society custodians the world needs today.

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Research in European studies cuts across a wide range of subject areas, including modern history, cultural and literary studies, area studies, human geography, political thought and philosophy. We place a particular emphasis on the ideas and concepts that shaped Europe, on Europe’s engagement with the world, past and present, and on the debates and controversies about Europe today.

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In history, you’ll discover how history has shaped the world we live in today, how our political ideas, cultural norms and social beliefs are linked to our past.

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In studying translation & interpreting you’ll develop career-ready skills with work integrated learning to prepare you for a career as a professional interpreter or translator.

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By studying languages & cultures, you’ll improve your skills in intercultural communications and better understand the importance of cultural diversity in our daily life.

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Studying linguistics will enhance your linguistic expression, improve your ability to learn other languages, and help you develop an appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity.

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In philosophy, you’ll ask fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality, knowledge, society and human existence.

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In gender studies you’ll be immersed in a vibrant, cross-disciplinary area of study that situates feminism, gender, sex and sexualities at the centre of academic analysis.

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