College of Arts, Law and Education
It is my pleasure to introduce the College, which was established on 1 July 2017, by aligning the previous Arts, Law and Education faculties as a single entity.
The College brings together teaching and research expertise in creative arts, education, humanities, law, and social sciences to create a multi-disciplinary hothouse for exploring new ideas and knowledge that will help shape the futures of individuals and societies, both locally and internationally.
The College offers a diverse curriculum that encourages students to take a multi-faceted approach to exploring issues and ideas and provides learning experiences, including local placements and international exchanges, that prepare them for exciting and meaningful careers.
The College hosts a number of institutes that reflect its research strengths. The Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute and the Asia Institute Tasmania challenge current thinking, educate and inform, and contribute to the formation of public policy and the creation of better communities.
I invite you to join our College - as a student, researcher, staff member, supporter – to play your part in creating the future.
Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Law and Education
Who we are
Graduates impacting the world
College of Arts, Law and Education graduates are critical thinkers, problem-solvers, leaders, motivators and effective communicators. They are people who don’t shy away from a good discussion or the chance to argue a case. They actively seek to engage and to think outside the box creatively.
Jackie Wools-Cobb's favourite thing about teaching is seeing students click. For the Bachelor of Education (Primary) graduate teaching isn't just about giving lessons, it's also about having fun.
Whether practical, conceptual or theoretical, out students develop the skills, experience and proficiency necessary to work and succeed within their chosen profession. Our courses are supported by a number of unique study opportunities and experiences.
Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Whether you’re a specialist or generalist, understanding human interaction and behaviour allows you to make change in a changing world.
Art, Music, Theatre
Develop your practice through specialisation, experimentation and collaboration, participating in Tasmania's vibrant creative community.
Education & Teaching
Teachers can inspire, influence and empower students to learn; an education changes lives, communities, and societies.
More than a study of society's rules, Law develops your ability to think critically, research thoroughly, reason logically, and to communicate ideas clearly.
Learn to use storytelling as a vessel to create connections, form cultural identities, and to prompt social or organisational change.
Research in the College of Arts, Law and Education addresses important issues for Tasmanian and wider culture and society. This work spans diverse disciplines across the social sciences, humanities, education, law and visual and performing arts.
Researchers contribute to all five of the University’s research themes Creativity, Culture and Society; Environment Resources and Sustainability; Better Health; Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions.
Our research helps shape contemporary debates at local, national and international levels, contributing to changes in law, policy, professional practice and quality of life. These strengths also underpin our undergraduate and research degree programs.
Find out more about our research and research degrees through our affiliated research institutes and centres and our faculties/schools:
Changing beliefs about mathematics
Professor Kim Beswick is a leading researcher in Mathematics Education. What a teacher believes influences the way they teach. In mathematics education, this often results in the channelling of students into different groups that provide access to parts of the curriculum 'suited to their ability' early in their learning. But according to Professor Kim Beswick, this process is shutting doors to students way too early.
Research Institutes and Centres
Find out more about the research institutes, centres and groups affiliated with the College of Arts, Law and Education.