National Social Sciences Week is a week-long series of events held across Australia which offers insight into the impact of the social sciences on humanity. This year, the School of Social and Political Sciences is proud to present three events that reflect on the value of the social sciences.
Understanding the world through a social science lens
Social sciences invite us to understand more deeply the worlds in which we live and how we can change them for the better. They help us understand the history, politics and social and cultural dynamics of the places, practices and institutions that shape our daily lives.
Social Sciences Week events
Stories from the School of Social and Political Sciences
Chile’s proposed constitution and its lessons for Australia
Chile may soon be the second country in the world to grant constitutional rights to nature, under astoundingly progressive reforms proposed by the government. If approved in the national referendum on 4 September, the new constitution would deliver profound changes to the country.
Young people are mapping viable futures
Around the world young people are facing multiple challenges and we can learn from their increasingly interconnected and ethical approach to living.
Half of Australians will experience technology-facilitated abuse in their lifetimes: new research
New research shows that half of Australians will experience technology-facilitated abuse in their lifetimes. As well as abuse, many Australian have also experienced threats of harm and harrassment.
Japan's hidden landscape of violent crime
While the shooting of Shinzo Abe shocked the world, Japan has a hidden number of violent crimes – particularly against women.
Buying and selling the poor
Australia’s unique welfare-to-work system is extensively privatised but is failing the most disadvantaged.
We need to rethink how we manage deathcare
Australia’s deathcare system is already showing cracks, but the pressures will only worsen, especially as the baby boomer generation takes us into ‘peak death’.
Using witness accounts and smuggled information, researchers and technicians have created a 3D digital model of the infamous but dismantled Manus Island Detention Centre.
Students continue to campaign for change in Myanmar
A year since the Myanmar military coup, Australia’s Myanmar students are still pushing for change, often at a personal cost.