Human & Social Development

HSD Reads - Books available at UVic Bookstore

Ojibwe artist Rene Meshake was recently profiled at HSD Reads. Kim Anderson, editor, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Relationships with the University of Guelph, read from Rene's most recent work.

HSD Reads 2019
Reanne Booker

Leaders in distance learning

Doctoral student and an Oncology and Palliative Care nurse practitioner in Calgary, Reanne Booker is a 2019 recipient of the Vanier Doctoral Fellowship award for her research.

Leaders in distance learning
Malawi Africa

Other ways of knowing

The Chewa and Ngoni people of Malawi, Africa, uphold coming-of-age rituals, says Indigenous Governance program director, Devi Mucina, “because we discover ourselves anew when we encounter the traditions of others.”

Other ways of knowing
Joe Gallagher

Joe Gallagher receives Honorary Doctorate of Laws

In recognition of his work, Kwunuhmen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at UVic’s June 2019 convocation ceremony. Learn more about our activities in the HSD Annual Review 2018 – 2019.

HSD Annual Review 2018 – 2019
Students answer questions

Learning beyond the classroom

Want to know what it’s like to study at HSD? Check out our livestreaming broadcast where students with our different academic units answer questions from the viewing audience.

What is it like to study at HSD?
Alum Jarrett Martineau

Indigenous learning

Alum Jarrett Martineau who completed his MA and PhD in Indigenous Governance says, “My career has soared.” Now a City of Vancouver cultural planner, he is also host of Reclaimed with CBC Radio.

Read his story
Nigel Livingston

Research that improves lives

Professor Nigel Livingston (second from left) with our School of Public Health and Social Policy meets with his multi-disciplinary teammates who build assistive devices for people with disabilities.


Learning to transform ourselves and our world: making a difference

One of the Sencoten teachings that guides our university’s Indigenous Plan is ə’sacʔəy’xw meqw tə’sa tečel: Be prepared for all work to come. Learn about HSD students, faculty, staff, donors and partners who take this teaching to heart through learning, research, service and support that nurtures health in people, advances social justice in communities and creates a more sustainable planet in our annual review.

Are you passionate about helping others? Do you want to make a positive impact on your community?

Our professional education programs will prepare you for a career doing work that improves the quality of people's lives. Here, you'll find community-engaged learning that can change the world.

Flexible distance education and robust student support programs will help you succeed, and practicums, co-op placements and field experiences will give you the opportunity to make a real impact before you graduate.

We're at the heart of a vibrant Pacific Rim community, rich with Indigenous and international perspectives. Our programs honour and appreciate Indigenous scholarship and knowledges for their distinct contributions.

Acknowledgement of the Territories

The University of Victoria and the Faculty of Human and Social Development acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Find your edge at UVic's Faculty of Human and Social Development