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The Faculty of Arts becomes the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



9 December 2010

On January 1, 2011 the Faculty of Arts becomes the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and welcomes the Discipline of Economics as a new School of the faculty, along with the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) and the Graduate School of Government (GSG).

The renaming of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences serves to highlight its already outstanding reputation in the social sciences, and as one of the most dynamic and diverse faculties of its kind nationally and internationally. It also marks the building of a critical mass at the University to create a more rigorous and connected program of social sciences education and research.

The new name for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences forms part of a raft of broader University-wide changes as outlined in the White Paper Strategic Plan for 2011 - 2015.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Duncan Ivison, believes the new faculty structure will help animate and enliven academic pursuits in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Sydney.

"The main rationale for this change is to consolidate and emphasise the University's already strong reputation for teaching and research in the social sciences," he said.

"The faculty will continue our legacy as the premier faculty for the humanities and social sciences in Australia, committed to exceptional teaching and cutting edge scholarship in our disciplines."

The incorporation of the new School of Economics into the renamed faculty will see the discipline return to a more traditional location under the collective humanities and social sciences name. Economics will maintain its close relationship with business education at the University, but will now sit at the heart of the University's largest faculty.

The inclusion of economics adds to an already broad array of course and degree offerings for the faculty's undergraduate and postgraduate students, helping to elevate the visibility of the social sciences at the University of Sydney and beyond.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a long heritage in the humanities and social sciences. Since the University opened in 1852, the faculty has furthered the pursuit of intellectual endeavour and rigorous inquiry into the liberal arts in Australia.

Professor Ivison said that the new Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences "marks the beginning of a new era for social sciences at the University of Sydney."

"These changes present an unprecedented opportunity to foster transformative changes in the way we teach and do research in the humanities and social sciences. It is a bold vision for the future of our disciplines at the University of Sydney."


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