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In the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science we work together to look at the world and ask new questions and find new answers in our ongoing effort to make ourselves and the communities in which we live more inclusive, just and compassionate. We encourage our community to be critical thinkers, creators, innovators and thought leaders - crucial for navigating the challenges humanity faces.

We are proud to celebrate the incredible ideas of our staff, students and alumni through sharing our events, projects and stories.  We will update this page regularly and encourage you to engage with further through our HLSS facebook page.


Japan internship

Japan internship and intensive training

  • Advance your Japanese knowledge and skills through our ten week program to Japan takes place in place in Osaka, Kobe or Niigata during Trimester 3.
  • It involves intensive Japanese training in the first four weeks, followed by another four weeks of internship placement in your field of study.
  • This program is available to second and third-year undergraduates, including honours, who already have the foundation of Japanese knowledge and communicative skills.

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Resilience. Do you have it?

We hear this term all the time, we are told it's a key skill we need to have, but what does the word actually mean? From deep in the heart of lockdown Melbourne, Professor Julian Meyrick provides a provocative and personal exploration of the idea. This is essential reading for anyone interested in resilience and wondering where we can expect to find it.

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Study area: Arts/Creative Industries

Lyre, Stuart Cooke

Poet finalist for 2020 QLD Literary Awards

Dr Stuart Cooke's latest poetry collection Lyre has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection, 2020 Queensland Literary Awards. Judges' comments: A curation of sculptured poems ranging across Australasian oceans, coastlines, rainforest, savannahs and deserts, Lyre finds poetry in a Pacific green turtle, Western clownfish, an Eastern whipbird, a spinifex termite mound, and much more besides.

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Study area: Creative Writing

Sounds of our Town

Sounds of our Town

Professor Sarah Baker is leading a project exploring the activation of popular music heritage in cities that have dealt with the economic, social and cultural changes brought about by deindustrialisation. This work is captured in the newly published project zine Sounds of our Town which highlights the role popular music's past might play in the creative and heritage futures of Wollongong, New South Wales. Explore the zine and more information on the project website.

Image: Dr Bob Buttigieg

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Study area: Arts

Professor Mark Pearson The Conversation

Manage your news consumption in times of crisis

Our Journalism and Social media expert, Professor Mark Pearson has written an article, Coronavirus: 5 ways to manage your news consumption in times of crisis with some great suggestions in The Conversation, on how you can manage your news consumption - and help maintain your mental health.

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Study area: Communication and Journalism

Max Berry Bruce Buchan

Anthropocene time

'Humanity is both a collective noun and a moral aspiration. Tenuously subsisting between these meanings lies our shared fate in the Anthropocene, the era named for the indelible traces humanity has now inscribed into the archaic record of geological time.'

A/Prof Bruce Buchan's latest essay 'Anthropocene time' has been published in the Arena Quarterly

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Study area: Arts

Julian Meyrick turn to creativity in iso

Coronavirus is a calamity on top of an arts crisis

‘The arts and culture we will turn to in coming months to fill our time in isolation will provide us not just with distraction, but with meaning.' Shining a light on the impact of arts and creative industries in these times is Griffith University Professor of Creative Arts, Julian Meyrick. Read his insights in his article in The Conversation

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Study area: Arts/Creative Industries

Gabriela Mistral Translations

Gabriela Mistral translations

A selection of Dr Stuart Cooke's translations of Gabriela Mistral has just been published in Cordite Poetry Review. Mistral was a major 20th century poet and to date is the only Latin American woman to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Study area: Arts


Workers’ welfare should be a business priority

Managers and organisations’ health and safety legal and moral responsibilities towards employees do not end just because they are working from home, says QUT organisational psychologist Dr Xiaowen and our Safety Leadership expert Dr Tristan Casey.

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Study area: Safety Leadership

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Overseas Study Tours

Overseas study tours

Take your study further by experiencing different cultures first hand, with our suite of overseas study tours: Bali Mobility Writers Project - Connecting Indonesian and Australian Storytellers, Japan study tour, Muslim World study tour, China study tour, South Pacific study tour and our Vanuatu Climate Change study tour.

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We offer one of the largest range of industry internships in Queensland for students studying Arts, Languages, Communication, Journalism, and Social Science. More than 150 internship opportunities are available annually for our students at both campuses.

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