Dean's welcome

We welcome you to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

We are a dynamic community of scholars who research and teach about the human condition from its earliest beginnings to the latest developments in society, politics and culture, in Australia and globally. We seek to provide the highest quality teaching programs that broaden our students’ intellectual horizons, strengthen their career prospects and improve the societies they serve.

The School produces high quality research that breaks new ground in our fields and is valued by the communities we serve here in Australia and internationally.

We are committed to public engagement, bringing our expertise to bear on the pressing issues of the day and continuing La Trobe’s long tradition of advancing knowledge to serve the public good. From prize winning scholarship to advocacy that changes government policy, from public lectures to podcasts, the knowledge our scholars create and uncover has significant and lasting impact.

Since the establishment of La Trobe, Humanities and Social Science scholars have sought to democratise our disciplines, push back the boundaries of conventional approaches to scholarship and to embrace diversity in all its forms.

In particular, we have a commitment to embedding Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into our curriculum, to ensuring that our research has positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities and to ensuring the targets set out in La Trobe’s Indigenous Strategy regarding parity for the retention, success, participation and progression of Aboriginal staff and students are met.

Professor Nick Bisley
Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences