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The School of Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines all relate to key current affairs on both national and global scales. Our academics are focused on topics of social and political importance, including how societies function in local and global settings; what forces and great events have shaped the modern world; what are the main factors shaping people's lives in national and international contexts today and much, much more.
There is no doubt that we are in a period of great change; so whether you are interested in history, anthropology, international relations, cultural heritage, international and community development, philosophy, criminology, Australian studies, Middle East Studies, languages, politics or sociology - our school is at the forefront of current affairs.
Through these podcasts, our academics will give you the opportunity to hear more about recent events and how they are shaping the world, and Australia's place in its broader context.
23 April 2013 Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon was interviewed by Jo Jarvis on PM with Mark Colvin ABC Radio 774 as an expert on the law of provocation in New South Wales and the Parliamentary Inquiry's recommendation to retain and restrict the partial defence of provocation. The National Party MP Trevor Khan and Phil Cleary were also interviewed for the program.
9 February 2011 Dr Richard Evans speaks on Deluges that have gone before: floods in Australian history on ABC National Radio
30 April 2013 David Walker is an Alfred Deakin Professor at Deakin University. He has recently been appointed as the inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University. Australia's Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century.
1 June 2012 Dr Chengxin Pan In the eyes of many Western observers, the rise of China has been commonly associated with threat, opportunity or both. In this presentation, Dr Chengxin Pan discusses how this bifocal lens through which China's rise has been represented reflects more of "Western" fears and fantasies than of "Chinese realities".