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Welcome to the website of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences. Here you will find full information or about our infrastructures at the Bilbao and San Sebastian campuses.You will also find up-to-date information about our activities, where you can also participate.



Francisco Javier Arellano Yanguas
Dean of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences


The Faculty of Social and Human Sciences was officially founded in 2009, established through the merger of 17 academic centres:

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  • Faculty of Arts (Bilbao)
  • Philosophy Department at the Faculty of Philosophy and Education (Bilbao)
  • Faculty of Political Science and Sociology (Bilbao)
  • Faculty of Humanities (San Sebastian)
  • School of Social Work (Bilbao)
  • School of Social Work (San Sebastian)
  • School of Tourism (Bilbao)
  • School of Tourism (San Sebastian)
  • School of Executive Secretarial Studies (Bilbao)
  • Euskal Irakaslegoa
  • Language Centre
  • International Centre for Spanish
  • The Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights
  • Institute of Leisure Studies
  • Institute of Basque Studies
  • Institute of European Studies
  • Centre for Applied Ethics

The Faculty of Social and Human Sciences holds the legacy of some of the University’s most traditional Faculties. In particular, the former Faculty of Arts was direct heir to some of the earliest courses at the University of Deusto since it was founded in 1886.

As regards the Bilbao campus, the Tourism and Executive Secretarial Studies diploma degrees were first launched in 1964 and that in Social Work in 1992, all delivered at their respective Schools. The Faculty of Political Science and Sociology has completed our extensive range of courses in our fields of study at the Bilbao campus since it was created in 1974. In turn, the Language Centre was first launched in 1963, followed a decade later by the creation of the first Institutes, such as the Institute of Basque Studies in 1974 and the Institute of European Studies in 1979. More recently, in 1988, the Institute of Leisure Studies began its activities and the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute in 1997.

The San Sebastian campus started to offer courses in Arts in the 1960-61 academic year, led by the Faculty of Arts in Bilbao between 1960-61; then, as an independent Faculty and, since 1999-2000, as a Faculty of Humanities. The Schools of Tourism and Social Work joined the campus in 1964 and 2002, respectively, while the current Language Centre dates back to the 1962-63 academic year.

Since 2009, the experience of all these centres became merged in a new project, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences. Acknowledging and feeling this entire legacy as its own, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences was born to take advantage of synergies and address the new challenges faced by universities: the construction of the European higher education area, learning and teaching innovation embodied in "UD’s Education Model”, a culture of quality, organisational innovation, the continuation of the internationalisation process, research excellence and a renewed impetus to knowledge generation and transfer.

The University of Deusto provides society with a scientific analysis of the transformations of our time and a project geared towards the all-embracing education of individuals committed to social justice. Within this framework, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences focuses on the differing impact of change processes on individuals, their lives and cultures. Likewise, it is particularly committed to Basque society and culture. Our projects are critically developed with the aim of serving justice based on the principles of internationalisation, interdisciplinarity and interculturality.

The Faculty of Social and Human Sciences is currently the UD’s largest Faculty, both in terms of staff numbers and courses offered and as regards student numbers. Based at two campuses, one in Bilbao and the other in San Sebastian, this Faculty features the UD’s largest range of scientific disciplines and academic centres. At present, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences conducts approximately 30% of UD’s total academic activity.

Mission, Vision and Values


The Faculty of Social and Human Sciences is a centre at the University of Deusto whose aim is to contribute to social transformation, inclusion and promotion of justice in collaboration with others, through the comprehensive education of individuals, research and transfer/impact on the various disciplines of the social and human sciences.

In particular, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences has as its main aims:

  • Transmit the knowledge of the social and human sciences, providing individuals with a comprehensive education in those fields so that they can transform society through their respective careers.
  • Expand the frontiers of knowledge through research in the various disciplines of the social and human sciences from a responsible, multidisciplinary and critical perspective.
  • Help to transform society through lifelong learning and applied research transfer jointly with the social, political and economic stakeholders, both public and private.
  • Promote coexistence between cultures or identities in a diverse society, based on a Christian inspiration and the value of inclusion, by incorporating both the dialogue between faith and culture and interreligious dialogue.
  • Specifically promote Basque culture, deeply rooted in its local context and yet universal, while maintaining its commitment to our local reality.
  • Form a community of people who, by performing their university tasks collaboratively, help to promote human rights and work to achieve justice in the world.


The Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Deusto is renowned for its academic excellence, its commitment to social justice and its endeavour to transform society through teaching, research and transfer:  

  • Being critical of social reality, committed to transforming it in a sustainable way and showing solidarity with disadvantaged groups.
  • Being inspired by a committed approach to society, based both on inculturation and universality and on diversity and inclusion.
  • Promoting teaching innovation, aimed at providing individuals with solid knowledge and skills so that they can be responsible for their own education.
  • Promoting high impact research lines, teams and projects to respond to social challenges.
  • Forming an innovative and creative university community, which identifies with the values it promotes and is open to collaboration with other universities and public or private entities.


The values of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences are:

  • Trust
  • Equality
  • Inclusion
  • Social justice
  • Solidarity
  • Sustainability


Trust is the expectation that the behaviour of all the individuals in an organisation or community should be predictable, honest, transparent and collaborative. Trust is an experience that is developed through interaction with others, and between individuals and the organisations and institutions that structure society.

Associated behaviours:

  • Spaces for dialogue that encourage interaction between different individuals to generate trust and prompt collaboration.
  • Greater trust to enhance dialogue and collaboration.
  • Collaborative and transparent management.


Equality implies absence of discrimination (legal equality), equality of position (opportunities and resources) and parity (positive action). Equality should not be synonymous with homogeneity or uniformity, nor should the recognition of difference be used as an excuse to justify inequality.

Associated behaviours:

  • Integrate the gender perspective into all the processes involving organisation, teaching, research and transfer.
  • Improve in managing the work and coexistence environment within the Faculty.
  • Introduce positive action measures in response to equal opportunity and equal footing.


Inclusion involves acknowledging and respecting diversity, and promoting involvement and power sharing. Acknowledging in the sense that i all the individuals and groups involved in organisational processes should be enabled to participate on an equal footing, taking into account the diversity of their own idiosyncrasies and avoiding not being sufficiently taken into consideration. Involvement should be understood in the sense that action and responsibility should be equally shared in collective processes.

And power sharing inasmuch as it ensures that individuals and groups that may not be sufficiently cared for, or need to be listened to, can be provided with help.

Associated behaviours:

  • Pay special attention to the involvement of individuals and groups from diverse cultural and functional backgrounds, by providing them with means to make it real and effective.
  • Shed light on functional and cultural diversity.
  • Establish schemes for the integration of individuals and groups from diverse cultural and functional backgrounds.
  • Carefully avoid any form of “degrading” treatment.
  • Develop a common reflection to identify and address the personal, group and organisational mechanisms that cause exclusion.

Social Justice

Social justice refers to the need to achieve equal sharing of social goods, thus ensuring the dignity of all individuals and social cohesion. Social justice has a two-fold meaning. On the one hand, it is a social life principle that guides both individual action and the Faculty’s action within the university community. On the other hand, it is a characteristic of each person’s way of acting, according to which they are driven by the conviction to always respect the dignity of others.

Associated behaviours:

  • Particular attention to human rights, mainly as regards the guarantee of material conditions that allow the exercise of basic freedoms.
  • Implement corrective actions to address inequality (both inequality of resources and inequality of recognition)
  • Foster collaborative social relationships in which the benefit of a few is based on the expulsion, exclusion, discrimination or insufficient recognition of the dignity of others.


Solidarity is a mandate which requires the community to act on behalf of individuals or groups that are in a vulnerable or disadvantaged situation. Its main aim is to prevent, through collective intervention, unjustified damage from occurring or an already existing damage from being perpetuated. Solidarity is underpinned by the recognition of the common dignity of all people.

Associated behaviours:

  • Empathy and closeness towards those who suffer an injustice.
  • Ability to analyse an unfair situation (actors involved, levels of responsibility, etc.).
  • Perform the activity by avoiding multiplying or sustaining unjust social relations.



Sustainability is a value that refers to the protection of the organisational ecosystem in such a way that the way in which we manage, inhabit and modify it, helps to sustain it over time. Thus, future generations may be offered similar opportunities by the UD's teaching and research staff and administration and services staff and students. The aim is to achieve a balance between internal well-being, the well-being of the society we serve and the generation and fair use of the resources required for it.

Associated behaviours:

  • Identify and encourage those behaviours that improve the relationships between the people in the organisation, and between it and its environment.
  • Carry out initiatives aimed at protecting our environmental, human and social resources.
  • Make sure that our decisions take into account mid-term and long-term opportunities for future generations.



The Faculty has its own internal structures, which operate with a significant degree of autonomy:
5 departments with their respective departmental areas, which are in charge of teaching, mainly at an undergraduate level, and research related to the areas of knowledge of these degrees.

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  • Communication Department (San Sebastian campus)
  • Humanities and International Relations Department (Bilbao campus)
  • Modern Languages and Basque Studies Department (Bilbao campus)
    - Modern Languages
    - Basque Studies
  • Social Work and Sociology Department
    - Social Work (Bilbao campus)
    - Social Work (San Sebastian campus)
  • Departamento de Turismo
    - Área de Turismo (campus de Bilbao)
    - Área de Turismo (campus de Donostia)










4 units that promote interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer, continuing education, and postgraduate and doctoral projects related to their research lines.
- The Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights
- Institute of Leisure Studies
- Institute of Basque Studies
- Centre for Applied Ethics

A Language Unit with four areas of specialist training:
- Centre for Modern Languages at the Bilbao Campus
- Centre for Modern Languages at the San Sebastian Campus
- International Spanish Centre - CIDE 
- Euskal Irakaslegoa (Basque Department)


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