Wed 03 Dec 2014
This course will use stories and case studies to give students an overview of key events and themes in Australian history. These stories will give students a greater understanding of current debates and contemporary society. Topics covered will include Aboriginal histories and culture, colonization, diversity and immigration, women, wars, stolen generations, Australia’s international relations, visual representations of Australia, music ...
Tue 23 Apr 2013
Detective fiction is a form of story developed in the nineteenth century to respond to the new threats and anxieties of urban society. In London, the largest of the new great cities of Western mercantile society, where nobody knew anyone else reliably, and any hand might be against your property or your life, the police were established as a real-world protection in 1829. But humble policing was not potent enough in mythic terms, and writers i ...
Tue 19 Feb 2013
The course will explore an eclectic range of subjects in art history. Meandering from Renaissance art and its contemporary re-appropriation, to the history and social dynamics of life drawing, to photography, iconography and beyond, this series will question what art tells us about society, while revelling in a whole lot of sumptuous art.
Tue 06 Dec 2011
In the context of the global Occupy movement, questions of how our economy, society and politics could be organised differently have once again taken centre stage. This series of seminars will invite speakers to explore radical practical ideas on how our world might be, in relation to topics as diverse as inequality, Indigenous politics, democracy, law, gender, climate change, economics and more. This series will run throughout summer on Tuesd ...
Thu 18 Aug 2011
Speakers from various backgrounds will discuss the many forms of Australian indigeneity, and their relevance to our society.
Gender Wars: The Military, Guns & Women
Under the Gun: Small arms, the arms trade and violence against women
Tue 27 Aug 2013Today, there are 900 million guns in circulation in the world. Of these, 75% are in the hands of individuals -most of whom are men. Currently all countries in the world import small arms, and many manufacture them, including Australia. Given that Australia now has the same level of gun ownership as it did at the time of the Port Arthur Massacre, have we lost sight of the impact of small arms on our lives in Australia? Does gun ownership have anyt ...
Welcome to the Anthropocene!
Australia in the Anthropocene: Climate change, coal, and crisis calls
Thu 27 Nov 2014Dr Lauren Rickards: Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (Melbourne Uni)
Politics, Pruning and Paint: Case studies in Art History
The Politics of Gardening
Tue 26 Feb 2013The way that nature has been shaped into landscapes and gardens has often been a political act that aimed to promote a personal or national identity. Gardens are symbols of a society's attitude to nature and to the social order (for instance, who is allowed in and who is not). Political messages are often woven through the landscapes of gardens when they are created and changing attitudes can see landscapes reworked to reflect new power structure ...
Latin American Update
How Latinos are Transforming US (& Latin American) Politics, Culture and Society
Thu 07 Apr 2016
Economics for Everyone
Thu 28 Mar 2013What sort of political, social and economic systems are appropriate for the 21st century? What sort of economy can address problems of environmental constraint and increasing inequality and lead to a more flourishing and cohesive society? Is it a case of refining existing economic and political institutions or is more comprehensive change required?
Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia In the Region
Asia-Pacific and us: Australia in the region
Thu 30 Sep 2010We will discuss the history of Australia's engagement with the world, especially the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the shifts in policy, flows of people into and out of Australia, the social changes in the region and then identify the main actors involved in the often complex interactions (ranging from government departments such as AusAID and DFAT to civil society actors and corporations).
Media Ethics: New And Old Dilemmas
The Role of Information: Secrets, Wikileaks and Freedom
Mon 09 Dec 2013The way information is stored, used, and accessed in an open society presents a contradiction. The theory behind a healthy democracy is based in a vibrant media and publishing industry. But what happens when the source that discloses such material is punished? There are those who argue that state security is paramount in preserving a certain 'way of life', thereby giving us the surveillance state as a solution. This talk uncovers the issues aroun ...