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College of Arts, Law and Education

Welcome to the College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE). We are situated across three regions of lutruwita/Tasmania, on the lands of the traditional owners.

CALE’s mission is to develop the next generation of thinkers and professionals in education, social work, law, media, policing and justice, and the cultural and creative industries. We strive to contribute a highly skilled and integrated workforce in these disciplines to every region of our island. Our research seeks a deep engagement with our place and a global impact that begins with our local communities.

CALE brings together teaching and research expertise from five Schools: Creative Arts and Media, Education, Humanities, Law and Social Sciences. We offer distinctive and sustainable courses with a strong connection to our place, its history, Aboriginal knowledge and culture, its social foundations and its evolving identity.

Whether our students are based in Tasmania, other areas of Australia or overseas, they are supported members of learning and research communities. Wherever possible we offer experiential learning in partnership with community, government and industry.

In research we seek better communities through enhanced economic, social and cultural well-being. We aim to solve real world problems, foster creativity and advance our understanding of the world. Our research aims to improve public policy and stimulate informed debate. Our research concentrations, including the Institute for Social Change and the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute, are critical to this work.

Within CALE we strive for a culture of appreciation that fosters belonging, equity and diversity. I invite you to join us - as a student, researcher, staff member, supporter – to play your part in creating a better future.

Professor Kate Darian-Smith
Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor
College of Arts, Law and Education

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.


Research in the College of Arts, Law and Education provides social, cultural and creative expertise towards solving many of the most complex and baffling problems faced by humans and the planet.

Based in the schools of Social Science, Education, Humanities, Law and Creative Arts and Media, and our specialised institutes and centres, our researchers work across community, industry and international networks to help shape contemporary debates and to address pressing issues.

Featured Project

Media Literacy Project, YouTube video

Helping young audiences to be critical of the content they consume

The ABC-UTAS Media Literacy Project will expand scholarly knowledge about media literacy and inform the production of more segments and features by the ABC which teach audience how to be critical of content they consume and build their knowledge and skills about how to participate. The focus will be on particularly on students aged 11 -16.