Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences

Think you could make a good advocate for the disempowered? Or do you wish you could be a social researcher or contribute to policies that impact on your community?

If you’re curious about how societies work and want to explore ways you can contribute positively to our world then studying humanities and social sciences can give you the knowledge, confidence and tools to pursue your dreams. Develop valued and transferrable skills in critical and creative thinking, learn more about past and contemporary local and global cultures and societies. Even contribute to hands-on change or realising your creative ambitions whilst still studying.

Humanities and Social Sciences Student Showcase

Empowering adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse

Former CEO of Heartfelt House

Heartfelt House is an independent, community-based, charitable organisation providing therapeutic group programs that support and empower adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

“As the CEO for three years my role was both challenging and rewarding, especially supporting survivors and their families through programs dedicated to the healing of childhood trauma, neglect and sexual abuse.”  

Kate’s Honours research investigated the effectiveness of Heartfelt House’s group therapy programs. In 2017 she presented to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on the topic of resilience and strength in the case study for the nature, cause and impact of child sexual abuse.

Her efforts were recognised by being named a finalist in the 2019 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

From an early age Kate was interested in psychology and how people overcame adversity. She began working at Heartfelt House as a volunteer group facilitator in 2005 while studying her degree.

“The Social Sciences degree gave the skill set to become an effective leader with strong communication and research skills, the ability to analyse and evaluate issues and problem solve, planning and time management skills and the drive to pursue goals and aspirations.”

Mature male standing holding green book with books stacked in foreground - Gregory Smith

Emerging from the forest to reclaim a life

Forgotten Australian; Signal Flare patron

It’s one of those inspiring tales where the truth is more remarkable than fiction. From abused child to homeless alcoholic who retreated into the wilderness for a decade, Gregory Smith went on to achieve two university degrees with Southern Cross University (where he now teaches) and a book deal. 

“It’s only through the process of a university education that I developed the language to be able to relate my story. Prior to that they were just frustrations in my consciousness.” 

Gregory believes the two most powerful things in anyone’s life are education and health. 

“Now I get to work in education, how cool is that? I’m actually participating in what I believe in and facilitating that change for other people. What else could you ask for?” 

Learn more about Gregory Smith’s journey.