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Humanities and social sciences

23 January 2017
Explainer: What are workers rights to pay in the gig economy?

Whether it be Uber or Airtasker, most workers in the gig economy want to be paid a fair rate for their work. How does the law protect the rights of these workers? Professor Joellen Riley, Dean of Sydney Law School, explains. 

23 January 2017
Student dig explores Tasmanian barracks of colonial regiment

Student archaeologists are excavating a former British military barracks to learn about Tasmania’s convict and military history.

19 January 2017
7 tips for preparing children for school

From dealing with anxious kids or those more gifted, to the power of reading: University of Sydney health and education experts share their tips to help parents and teachers kick off the new school year.

18 January 2017
Trump inauguration moves dial from rhetoric to reality

Trump gained power by magnifying the sense of national malaise – with a potent mix of populism, nativism, nationalism and conservatism, writes Professor James Curran in the Weekend Australian.    

16 January 2017
WHO report shows good law bolsters public health

A University of Sydney Law School expert is the principal author of a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, which describes the many ways law makes a crucial difference for public health. 

11 January 2017
Express no mystery train for Outback Elvis festival author

A human geographer and his former student have combined their interest in music, festivals and rural renewal to write a book providing insights into the biggest Elvis festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

03 January 2017
For the love of science and music

The first entry in a series where we ask our students to tell us about their passions and pursuits outside of the sciences.

15 December 2016
Top 10 tips for first-year students

Your first year on campus can be intimidating. New people. New classes. New locations. We asked current University of Sydney students to share the things they have learned during their time on campus.

14 December 2016
Brain structure best explains our dwindling tolerance of risk

Nature findings will improve understanding of decision-making, as global demographics shift toward an aged population. 

12 December 2016
Principals and teachers report impact of school devolution on worklife

A collaborative University of Sydney project investigates the effects of devolved public secondary schools in NSW, WA, and Sweden. 

10 December 2016
Weighing up the evidence for the Historical Jesus

Did a man called Jesus of Nazareth walk the earth? Discussions over whether the figure known as the “Historical Jesus” actually existed primarily reflect disagreements among atheists, writes Raphael Lataster.

07 December 2016
Everyone’s talking but no-one’s listening

It’s time to reclaim the art of communication, writes Dr Olaf Werder.

06 December 2016
75 years on from Pearl Harbor

On December 7 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy launched an attack on a US naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Now, 75 years on, University of Sydney experts reflect on the impact of this historical event.

05 December 2016
Nation needs a 10-year plan for maths and science

A long-term plan should include measures to address how teachers are recruited, valued and respected, writes Dr Rachel Wilson in the Financial Review. 

30 November 2016
New book reveals 150 years of Sydney’s quarantine history

A new book with University of Sydney authors has revealed the sandstone engravings of those who found themselves detained at Sydney’s Quarantine Station during its 150-year history.

24 November 2016
Why we need to stand against domestic violence

To commemorate White Ribbon Day, experts from the University reflect on why it is critical that we take a stand against domestic violence.

24 November 2016
Trump: Tragedy or farce?

As the world tries to determine what kind of President Donald Trump will be, Professor James Der Derian writes Trump's tale is not a new one for history.

23 November 2016
Humanities scholars elected into Australian academy

Three University of Sydney academics have been elected into Australia’s most prestigious humanities academy.

22 November 2016
Macleay Museum closes its doors to make way for new museum

The Macleay Collection (along with the University’s Nicholson Museum and art collections) will be incorporated into the University’s new Chau Chak Wing Museum.

18 November 2016
Take Trump one step at a time

Australia has handled far more seismic jolts to its international outlook, writes Professor James Curran.