From HUMCASS to SAMSS – the School’s name change
Previously known as the School of Humanities, Communications and Social Sciences (HUMCASS), from 2011 our School has taken the new name of School of Applied Media and Social Sciences (SAMSS). The catalyst for this new name has been some recent changes to the School’s structure and the areas we encompass, and the need for a shorter name that succinctly reflects what we do.
A is for ‘Applied’
Our teaching programs and research are characterised by an emphasis on applied knowledge and skills. Our teaching programs have a strong vocational focus, and our research is socially engaged, regionally relevant and focused on real-world problems and issues.
M is for ‘Media’
Our School encompasses a number of disciplines which explore contemporary media, including communications, journalism, public relations and writing. By studying these linked disciplines our students are able to gain theoretical and applied skills that fit them for careers that involve not just writing or PR or journalism or communications but a combination of all of them.
SS is for ‘Social Sciences’
The School continues to have strengths in a range of ‘social sciences’ disciplines, including Australian Indigenous Studies, psychological studies, sociology, community welfare and counselling, community studies, politics and criminal justice. These disciplines are concerned with understanding the contemporary social world and teaching skills relevant to a range of socially oriented careers.
To provide a well-rounded curriculum, the School also offers some traditional humanities disciplines which provide depth and context for students’ studies, including Australian Indigenous Studies, history and english.