Dean's Welcome

Professor Susan Dodds, Dean, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

Professor Susan Dodds

UNSW is a progressive university that engages, in a practical way, with key contemporary social issues. UNSW Arts & Social Sciences shares that worldly ethos. It informs our teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and it is reflected in our research and scholarship.

As an undergraduate student, you will learn alongside students from across Australia and around the world. Your courses will take you beyond the lecture theatre or seminar room; you are as likely to find yourself designing digital media projects in media labs, learning a foreign language in our language laboratories, extending your creative and performance talents in music practice rooms or theatre studios, or out in schools and workplaces gathering experience of some of the careers you might pursue. You truly have a licence to explore… and we hope you take advantage of it!

Our academic programs are aligned to your needs and ambitions for global citizenship in the twenty-first century. The UNSW Bachelor of Arts (BA) offers an exciting range of topics and disciplines to study, that are systematically organised around the skills and knowledge that you will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world of work. You will develop the capacity for critical thinking, logical argument, analysis of evidence, effective communication and targeted research. Still firmly grounded in the traditional Humanities and Social Science disciplines, the UNSW BA allows you to test out the application of the disciplines to pressing topics, such as environmental management, global development, international relations and the media. We particularly encourage you to study a foreign language and to take the opportunity studying overseas as part of your degree, as preparation for life in a globalised world, and a global economy. Among our more specialist degrees are the Bachelor of International Studies, four Bachelor of Media programs, the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and professional programs in teaching and social work.

As a postgraduate coursework student, you may well be looking to enhance your professional skills and qualifications, or to prepare for a change of career. Study at this level, again, combines rigorous academic standards with contemporary social engagement. Our offerings are diverse, including Public Relations and Advertising, Journalism and Communications, Policy, Development, International Relations, Interpreting and Translation, Applied Linguistics, Teaching and a large suite of Education professional development programs.

As a Higher Degree Research student, you will gain a rich understanding of the particular topic of your research and a broad intellectual sophistication which, combined with transferable skills in project management, research and professional skills, employers increasingly prize in industry, the public sector, not-for-profit organisations, and education.

Among our Faculty members, you will meet scholars who are established leaders in their fields, and also the best and brightest of a rising generation of teachers and researchers. The worldly orientation of the UNSW Faculty is again evident from the focus of our research centres. They include the Social Policy Research Centre, Centre for Social Research in Health, Centre for Refugee Research and the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia.

The UNSW Arts & Social Sciences is a vibrant community of scholars and students, buzzing with challenging ideas and focused activity, supported by an outstanding team of professional and technical staff. As Dean, I am happy to welcome you to the Faculty!