Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Social Justice Seminar Series

SOCIAL JUSTICE: POLITICS, PRACTICES AND URGENT QUESTIONS

8 August 2017

A joint presentation by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work Social Policy, and School and Teacher Education Policy research networks

What do we mean when we talk about social justice and how should we proceed?

Terms such as, “social justice”, “diversity”, “equity” and “inclusion” are in common use in universities, but they are not always used with clarity or precision. Sometimes they describe well-developed plans and actions. Occasionally they represent little more than progressive chic. In any case it is time for some serious examination of what we mean when we talk about social justice – and of how we might attempt to act in socially just ways. This series of fortnightly seminars aims to deepen our collective understanding of social justice by addressing a range of pressing problems from teaching, research and community engagement in the areas of education and social work. The presentations will be critical and questioning, and hopefully push beyond the language of feel-good vision statements in order to encourage hard thinking and serious agenda setting about the practices and politics of inequality.

What does social justice mean? Defamiliarising social justice as a key word in contemporary politics and practice

Social justice has become a self-evidently good thing for individuals to have and for institutions like ours to promote. But what does social justice mean? This presentation seeks to unpack ‘social justice’ in order to highlight some of the diverse ways of thinking that are subsumed in the phrase. It looks at the politics of social justice over time – its association with industrial capitalism, liberal democracy and welfare states; with new social movements and the politics of recognition; with non-western movements such as the Arab Spring; with decolonising projects across the globe; and with neoliberalism and global competition. Stepping back from ‘social justice’ in this way allows us to ask new questions: what does social justice mean for us? Presenter: Sue Goodwin

‘Learning’ social justice: The Glebe Social Justice Learning Lab

This presentation will critically explore the experience of offering social justice ‘learning’ opportunities for students from a range of disciplines (human rights, law, media and social work). The Glebe Social Justice Learning Lab sought to embed students in the community of Glebe to engage with ‘real life’ problems, initially with a focus on ‘Housing Justice’. Different perspectives of the lab will be considered, including those of community members, students and academics. Presenter: Margot Rawsthorne

Event details

  • When: 4–5.30pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact:

    Dr Kelly Freebody
    E: kelly.freebody@sydney.edu.au

    Professor Donna Baines
    E: donna.baines@sydney.edu.au

    Associate Professor Susan Goodwin
    E: susan.goodwin@sydney.edu.au

    Associate Professor Helen Proctor
    E: helen.proctor@sydney.edu.au


  • More info: View the topics and speakers for the entire series of seminars on the Social Policy Research Network events website or the School and Teacher Education Policy Research Network events website.

  • Speakers: Susan Goodwin is Associate Professor in Policy Studies at The University of Sydney. Her research focuses on social policy, community development and gender issues. She co-convenes the Sydney Social Justice Network and the Social Policy Research Network. Her recent book, with Carol Bacchi, is Poststructural Policy Analysis: A Guide to Practice (2016).

    Margot Rawsthorne is an associate professor, lecturing in community development, at The University of Sydney. Over the past decade she has sought to create – with the communities of Glebe – mutually beneficial teaching, learning and research opportunities informed by community-development principles. She has provided leadership and advocacy for the University to work ‘across the footbridge’ for social justice, social change and the social good.

Social Justice Seminar Series

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
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When

8 August 2017


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