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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.  

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

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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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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Primary education
Make your skills and experience count towards a VET qualification.

Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL)

If you are an experienced vocational education and training trainer or in education support, your existing skills and experience could count as credit towards a certificate at CDU.

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Faculty News

  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) students will study and exchange knowledge overseas thanks to funding through the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

    Students to learn and share knowledge in the Indo-Pacific

    Seventy Charles Darwin University (CDU) students will have the opportunity to study and intern in the Indo-Pacific through funding from the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program.

  • CDU Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert Dr Stefan Popenici’s new book explores the risks of AI in education, particularly at universities.

    New book highlights how AI is putting education at risk

    The rising use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by students has sparked a crisis threatening the integrity of education, according to a Charles Darwin University (CDU) expert’s new book.

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  • Charles Darwin University’s Behavioural Addictions, Alcohol and Drugs (BAAD) team to survey Northern Territorians’ gambling habits.

    CDU receives funds to survey people in the NT on their experience with gambling

    A new Charles Darwin University (CDU) survey will seek to obtain an accurate snapshot of the experience of gambling in the Northern Territory.

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