School of Social Sciences

  • Study Overseas: South Africa and Rwanda 2015 Information Session Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHDo you want to find out more about the Arts International Study Program ‘Seeking Justice: South Africa and Rwanda’ scheduled to take place 5-19 July 2015? Come to the information session: Time/Date: 5pm-6pm Tuesday 21 October 2014 Location: Theatre H238, Building H, Caulfield campus Go to the Arts Outbound Programs Events Booking System to register to attend. Find out more: Study Overseas ...
  • Government may be learning from mistakes, except for slow learners Assoc Prof Shaun Carneyby Shaun Carney A few days ago in a tutorial on political leadership, a student asked me, given my past professional contact with Tony Abbott, if the prime minister has what it takes to be a long-term success in the job. My answer was that after observing Abbott’s first year as the nation’s leader it’s too early to ...
  • Record number of micro-parties to have say in Victorian election Dr Zareh Ghazarianby Zareh Ghazarian It appears that there’s never been a better time to be a minor party in Australia. From a time when parliaments were the domain of only the major parties, small parties have gradually made inroads into the nations’ legislatures. With seven weeks to go until the Victorian state election, are the new minor parties, also ...
  • Celebrating 25 Years of the Parliamentary Internship Program parliament-2014Did you complete an Internship at the Victorian Parliament during your undergraduate degree? The Parliament of Victoria is proud to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Victorian Parliamentary Internship program next year. Since the inaugural intake in 1990, over 1000 interns have been hosted from Monash University, the University of Melbourne and Victoria University. In order ...
  • Spotlight on: Mental Health and Monash Criminology Image Author: http://www.mentalhealthvic.org.auIt is Mental Health Awareness week across Australia and an important time to consider how mental health issues impact the community and individuals in myriad ways. Monash Criminologists are contributing important research to enable more informed criminal justice policy and process in areas where mental health and criminal justice intersect. Our work includes the following: Examining ...
  • Research Strength in the School of Social Sciences: Our Future Fellows School of Social Sciences ARC Future Fellows: Professor Sharon Pickering, ARC Future Fellow and Head of School, centre front rowThe School of Social Sciences (SoSS), led by Professor Sharon Pickering, now houses six Social Sciences ARC Future Fellows. This cluster success in the social sciences is not replicated at any other university in the country and is testament to the excellence, innovation and national relevance of social science research at Monash. Pictured are the Future Fellow ...
  • Kobanê teeters on the brink in a fight to the end against ISIS William Gourlayby William Gourlay The black flag of ISIS has been sighted in the Syrian city of Kobanê. For three weeks, heavily armed ISIS gangs have advanced on Kobanê – also known as Ayn al-Arab – steadily pushing back the local YPG militia. With their backs against the border with Turkey, the militia, mostly comprising local Kurds, but also Syriac ...
  • Panel discussion: Masculinity and links to gender inequality and violence in Timor-Leste and Indonesia Sara-seminarInternationally, it has been shown that there is a strong link between various gender related norms including notions of masculinity in a society and gendered violence. How masculinity and gender norms are linked to inequality and violence against women is key to programs of prevention. A panel of academics will explore cultural-religious elements of masculinity ...
  • ‘I didn’t know who I was anymore’ – myths vs realities of early parenthood 59726a555f18d10cb44e40fc702a13c2_nby Kate Johnston-Ataata and Renata Kokanovic Becoming a parent is commonly imagined to be a joyful and “natural” life event. The reality is often very different. In the early weeks and months of life with a first baby, parents must master new skills including nappy changing, breast or bottle feeding, and “settling” a crying baby, usually ...
  • The Islamic State movement: challenges at home and abroad Greg BartonThe unprecedented military surge of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) movement in Syria and Iraq over the past four months is now challenging not just stability in the Middle East but security around the world. Monash University terrorism expert Professor Greg Barton from the School of Social Sciences will discuss the challenges posed by the Islamic State movement ...
  • Victorian Parliamentary Internship parliament-2014Monash University’s Politics and International Relations Program, in conjunction with the Parliamentary Library of the Parliament of Victoria, the University of Melbourne and Victoria University offers students the opportunity to undertake a parliamentary internship with academic credit towards their degree. The semester-length, 12 point unit provides students with the unique experience of working under the joint ...
  • Monash Criminology’s dynamic presence at ANZSOC ANZOCMonash Criminology made a big contribution across the three day annual Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology conference held in Sydney 1-3 October 2014. The Monash Postgraduate Prize was awarded at the annual Postgraduate Conference to Melissa Jardine (PhD Candidate, UNSW). Head of Social Sciences school, Sharon Pickering, presented in a number of panels at the ...
  • Monash student wins trans-Tasman essay award P010389006H-300x200Lucie Cadzow, a BA Honours student in Politics & International Relations, has won the 2014 Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia (CESAA) award for the best essay by an honours or postgraduate student for her paper on “The European Union’s decision to introduce a financial transaction tax in 2011-12″. Lucie wrote the 5,000-word policy analysis as part ...
  • The Kurds: fighting the good fight? William Gourlayby William Gourlay Recent commentary has rightly highlighted the potential dangersand long-term implications of US President Obama’s decision to go to war against the ISIS. Tony Abbott’s portrayal of Australia’s involvement as a ‘fundamentally humanitarian mission’ is perhaps an attempt to downplay some of those concerns. What remains unequivocal is that ISIS is a clear and present ...
  • Ray Rice case the tip of an ugly NFL iceberg Waleed Alyby Waleed Aly The Californian newspaper U-T San Diego has compiled an NFL Arrests Database. It only goes back to 2000, but comprises 727 entries. It’s serious stuff, too: assaulting police officers, violent child abuse, felony domestic violence and drug possession. And that’s just in the past six weeks. Ray Rice, incidentally, isn’t one of these. He’s ...
  • Principles of accountability apply to churches and truckers alike dfc2b680ddf2c0bf9947c795a0233cac_nby Gary Bouma Some religious groups are feeling under attack. They claim their “freedom of religion” is being impaired. For example, federal Attorney-General George Brandis, speaking to the Law School of Notre Dame University, attacked Fairfax Media and the ABC for alleged prejudice against religion in their reporting particularly of clergy abuse of children. I have ...
  • Monash Criminology at the European Society of Criminology conference 2014 document_iconThe 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology was held in Prague (Czech Republic), from 10-13 September 2014. Monash Criminology’s Dr Asher Flynn attended to present a co-authored paper (with Professor Mark Halsey, Flinders University and Associate Professor Murray Lee, University of Sydney) on Alcohol-Fuelled Assaults: Violence as Emblematic. The conference brought together delegates ...
  • Airstrikes on IS in Syria’s backyard are high-risk if Assad objects Ben Richby Ben Rich The expansion of airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) into Syria announced by US President Barrack Obama marks a predictable, if necessary, escalation of coalition operations against the Jihadist insurgent group. Debates over the wisdom of the operation aside, any military campaign aiming to cripple IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) as an ...
  • What raising Australia’s terrorism alert to high would mean for you 919962d600897ef7692d2991a6ee99ff_nby Greg Barton The National Terrorism Public Alert System is a way of communicating to the public what the current risk of terrorism is to Australia. It has four levels: low: a terrorist attack is not expected medium: a terrorist attack could occur high: a terrorist attack is likely extreme: a terrorist attack is imminent or has occurred. Before 2003, we ...
  • Internship Opportunity: Australian Embassy in Berlin admin-ajaxThe Australian Embassy in Berlin is calling for applications from undergraduate students, postgraduate students or recent graduates expressing an interest in undertaking an internship at the Embassy.  The Internship will cover the period January – March 2015.  Applications for this period close on Sunday, 14 September 2014. A copy of the Embassy’s announcement may be accessed ...
  • Trans-Asia as method seminar series: Rise of anti-migration movements, jingoism and racism in Asia AntiRacismWe have been observing the rise of anti-migration sentiment, jingoism and racist   attacks in many parts of the world. Asia is no exception. Many citizens actively   protest against such movements, but how to tackle with them is rather an  imperative matter. Examining the cases in Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, this   brainstorming seminar will discuss this emerging trans-Asian phenomenon and   explore the possibility of organizing a collaborative research project. Speakers:  Prof. Greg Barton (Herb Feith Research ...
  • Social scientist set to shape global agenda 2a997849fa1cb4a9711ac3f7f4cfdbec_nA Monash University social scientist has been selected as a World Social Science Fellow for early career researchers. Dr Briony Rogers from the School of Social Sciences has been selected by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) to be one of 20 ‘World Social Science Fellows’ in the area of sustainable urbanisation. The World Social Science Fellows program seeks ...
  • School chaplaincy debate ignores what ‘secular’ actually is 815f45115559f9d1bec384754fb9fede_nby Audrey Statham Despite recent calls for its elimination and the High Court (again) finding that it was funded unconstitutionally, the Abbott government announced last week that it would continue its school chaplaincy program by funnelling money to the states. However, debate about the school chaplaincy program has missed the mark. It has been informed by deficient understandings of what “secular” means, both ...
  • James Foley, Islamic State and the media’s treatment of terrorism Greg BartonThe US government has confirmed the veracity of a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State (IS) militants. US president Barack Obama condemned the act overnight,saying that IS: … has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. Meanwhile, a storm has erupted after some newspapers, including the New ...
  • Monash Researcher Selected as a World Social Science Fellow document_iconDr Briony Rogers, a research in Sociology at Monash, has just been selected by the International Social Science Council to be one of 20 ‘World Social Science Fellows’ in the area of sustainable urbanisation. This is a very competitive program of distinction. Dr Rogers is one of twenty early career researchers in the social sciences selected from around the ...
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