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Faculty of Arts and Society

Our courses equip students to navigate complex environments and make an impact locally and globally. 

  • A leader in Indigenous education

    Each year CDU teaches over 4,000 Indigenous students in over 150 locations across the NT.

  • Study the arts flexibly

    Study online, on campus, part or full time. Choose what suits you.

  • Top 10 for business and management employment outcomes

    According to the Good Universities Guide 2021

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Message from the Pro Vice-Chancellor

The Faculty of Arts and Society leads positive global change and advances social justice through our teaching, research and collaboration with industry and the community.  

The faculty brings people and places to life, and from that, our desire to think, examine, express and create grows. This drives us to act collectively for positive social change and advance inquisitive, harmonious and equitable society, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. 

We strive to prepare students to be teachers, creative thinkers and innovators in a complex changing world. We bring together expertise in education, business, law, Indigenous knowledge practices, human geography, disaster preparedness and management, languages, humanities and the creative industries.  

Our reputation is based on extensive partnerships with government, industry and community stakeholders to address social, cultural and economic issues in: 

  • sparsely populated regional areas, including Northern Australia 

  • developing regions, including South-East Asia - particularly China, Indonesia and Timor-Leste 

  • Indigenous knowledge, social, cultural and economic futures. 

The faculty’s research and teaching will draw on the strength of the Northern Institute, centres of excellence and multidisciplinary teams primarily engaged in teaching, research, networking and business development. Together, academics, research students and industry professionals examine and drive solutions for emerging social, cultural and economic issues in challenging contexts. 

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Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Ruth Wallace leads the Faculty of Arts and Society
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Northern Institute

CDU's Northern Institute is a leader in policy research which builds on the strength of its connections to remote, regional and urban contexts to produce quality analysis.

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Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)

CDU's free Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) is an alternative pathway into university.  With TEP, you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed at university.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning to have your previous training, life and work experience counted towards a TAFE qualification at CDU - which means you've won't have to re-learn what you already know. RPL assessments are free for eligible NT residents.

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Faculty events

Faculty news

  • Iconic Australian Actor and First Nations advocate, Jack Thompson AM will deliver the 23rd Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University (CDU) on 7 August. Photo Credit Peter Brew-Bevan.

    Iconic Australian Jack Thompson AM to deliver this year’s Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture

    Iconic Australian actor and First Nations advocate Jack Thompson AM will deliver the 23rd Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in August. 

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  • Charles Darwin University has become a member of the Queensland Defence Science Alliance, a node of the Australian Defence Science and Universities Network.

    CDU strengthens defence ties with Alliance

    Charles Darwin University will bring its strategic location and unique research capabilities to the table of an important organisation dedicated to advancing Australia’s defence innovation, science, and technology capabilities. 

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    From hairdresser to business owner

    Esme Pye was 16 years old when she left Australia for the United Kingdom to be a hairdressing apprentice, but she missed the sunshine so returned home before completing the apprenticeship.

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