About Us

Professor Shirley ScottThe School of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of four academic schools of the Canberra campus of the University of New South Wales, located at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The University is one of Australia's Group of Eight (Go8) research intensive universities, and is ranked among the top universities in the world.

The School teaches four major sequences of undergraduate courses – in English, History, Indonesian Studies and International and Political Studies - and two postgraduate coursework specialties (Military History, and Strategy and Security). The research conducted by its academic staff is wide-ranging. There is, nevertheless, a concentration of research strengths in the following areas: Australian literature; military history; international and non-traditional security; international ethics; and Asia-Pacific studies.

World-class research distinguishes our School, but also adds an essential element of quality to our core goal of educating the best leaders for Defence. It enables us to attract postgraduate research candidates from across the world, and to participate in international forums as respected voices to contemporary debates.

Enhancing our research, and thereby attracting high quality postgraduate research candidates, is the Academy Library, widely recognised as one of the three largest and finest military history and strategic studies libraries in the world. The School has a strategic plan to improve further our research culture and profile, by building research links with the UNSW main campus in Sydney, by encouraging agreements and exchanges with overseas universities, and by engaging with the Defence community.

The research undertaken in our School is exciting and innovative. I encourage you to contact our researchers if you would like further information about their activities, or if you would like to work with them.

Professor Shirley Scott
Head of School