Staff in the National School of Arts actively research and teach across a wide variety of disciplines including modern and ancient history, political science and sociology, literature and creative writing, media and cultural studies, international development and community welfare, as well as visual arts.

Our strengths

The major research strengths in the School are in History, Political Science and Sociology – all were judged to be world class in the government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise in 2015. Our academics conduct research of local, national and international significance, make notable contributions to public debates, and provide important advice to public bodies.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates are an integral part of the School’s research culture.

Historical Studies Research Concentration

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Human Matters

This podcast series brings you the latest research insights on history, society, politics and more from humanities researchers at Australian Catholic University. From Trump and populism, to discussions on women's safety, why we love music and more, we bring you new research to expand your mind and challenge your thinking.

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The Sacred in Literature and the Arts

The Sacred in Literature and the Arts (SLA) is a community of interest in the Faculty of Education and Arts at ACU. It aims to bring Australian and international writers, artists, musicians, academics, religious students and members of the public together for a fruitful dialogue about the interplay between the arts and the sacred. The group run bi-annual conferences open to the public, you are welcome to visit the 2019 conference.

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