School of Social Sciences

In the School of Social Sciences we are passionate about creating a better world by exploring today's big questions and supporting the social and economic development of the human race.

Professor Catherine Palmer, Head of School

Our research has been assessed at world-class and above world standard levels, which enables us to provide high-quality teaching Journalism, Media & Communications, Politics and International Relations, Social Work, and Sociology and Criminology.

Our staff and students are curious about society and how it influences the world around us; they're passionate, community-minded people who are great problem solvers and critical thinkers. Our students benefit from our close relationships with government and industry organisations by gaining real-world experiences to complement their theoretical studies. We prepare our students with the skills that employers want, so they can make a global impact.

If you want to make a real difference in the world, then come and join us!

Professor Catherine Palmer, Head of School, Social Sciences

Wide range of careers

Study in social science prepares our graduates for diverse careers in both government and non-government sectors, including the professional career fields of social work and policing.

Dr Lionel Nichols studied International Relations and Law. Now he is prosecuting some of the biggest cases of our time.

Find out more about our International Relations program

Nikayla Roach completed our online unit Introduction to Policing, and is now about to embark on a career with the Tasmanian Police.

Find out more about our Police Studies program

Zoe Edwards is one of our Journalism, Media & Communications graduates, and is currently working as a successful producer at ABC.

Find out more about our Journalism, Media & Communications program


The School of Social Sciences is a leading international centre of excellence in interdisciplinary and applied social research.

Our research intersects with the University of Tasmania’s research themes of Creativity Culture, and Society; Better Health; Data, Knowledge and Decision Making; and Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Research in the School is broadly focused on the application of social science theories, methods and concepts to social and policy issues. Research strengths include crime and justice, housing and community, the environment, risk, social inclusions, migration and ethnicity, health and medicine, sport, tourism, leisure, gender and masculinities and global and national governance.

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Researcher profile

Food, Media and the Public

Dr Michelle Phillipov is an expert in media and communications. Her work is concerned with the meanings we derive from cultural representations and practices. She is exploring how the media is shaping our relationship with food, and in particular, what this means for food producers.

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