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About SHSS

About the School of Humanities and social sciences
The Parliament in June 2000 passed a Bill to amend the University Act (Chapter 169) and its Statutes which gave effect to the implementation of the restructure resulting in the establishment of schools in January 2001. ‘Academic departments were de-established, strands created and strand coordinators appointed. Single school offices were established to support respective strands under them.
The focus of the restructure is to enhance the operations of the whole university by fostering interdisciplinary and inter-school relationships in the interest of the core business of education, research, scholarship and service’.
The University of Papua New Guinea Council in November 2000 approved the amalgamation of the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences. The amalgamation of the two schools occurred on 15th January 2001 together with the other actions implied in the Restructure document, relating to disbandment of departments and the creation of a single School Office to support the work of the school.
By 2014 the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has been in existence for 13 years. The School is the largest of the five Schools and there are 14 Strands in the School: Anthropology, Sociology & Archaeology; Creative Arts; History, Gender Studies and Philosophy; Journalism and Public Relations; Information Communication Science; Linguistics and Modern Languages; Literature and English Communication; Political Science; Psychology and Social Work. The School also houses a research centre, Melanesia and Pacific Studies (MAPS) and an Institute – Melanesian Institute of Arts and Communication (MIAC).
The Core business of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is to:
  • Produce high level trained manpower in the fields of Anthropology and Sociology, Archaeology, Creative Arts, History, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Journalism, Information Communication Sciences, Linguistic and Modern Languages, Literature and English Communication, Political Science, Psychology and Social Work;
  • Conduct research and;
  • Provide advisory services to stakeholders in the public and private sectors, civil society and the community. Vision Recognised as the leading teaching and research school in the area of humanities and social sciences in PNG and the Pacific.
Professor Betty Lovai
Executive Dean