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Humanities and social sciences

22 March 2017
Why should we obey the law?

Returning to a deep question in political philosophy: Why should one obey the law and the state more generally? Professor of Political Philosophy and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Duncan Ivison, writes.

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17 March 2017
Is breaking the law ever justifiable?

In the wake of union boss Sally McManus' comments that it's okay to break "unjust" laws, Dr Kevin Walton from the Sydney Law School explores what duty to the law Australians really have.

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14 March 2017
Surf break discoveries create economic growth

A study of 5000 surf breaks around the world has found their discovery boosts economic growth, with Western Australia a hotspot for growth.

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14 March 2017
Brexit: how can Australia secure the right trade deal?

An international trade expert has proposed a plan for Australia to secure a beneficial trade deal with the UK, as Brexit draws nearer.

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09 March 2017
Forget the 3Rs: modern schools need to embrace the 4Cs

Creativity, critical reflection, collaboration and communication will be vital in a future where half of all jobs may be displaced by technology, writes Professor Michael Anderson in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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08 March 2017
Teaching and research excellence recognised in QS Subject Rankings

Ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects and best in Australia for medicine, architecture, veterinary sciences, anatomy and physiology, English language and literature.

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02 March 2017
Renae Ryan announced as Academic Director of SAGE

The new appointment will see Associate Professor Ryan drive one of the University’s gender equity and diversity programs aimed at promoting women in STEMM. 

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01 March 2017
Sharing our passion for ideas with Sydney Writers' Festival

Our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will be a Major Partner of Sydney Writers' Festival again in 2017.

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22 February 2017
What you need to know about the new HSC English curriculum

What will a changed HSC English curriculum mean for teachers and students? Associate Professor Jackie Manuel explains.

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20 February 2017
Student entrepreneur to connect with China's best and brightest

Zoe Neill, a second-year International Relations student from the University of Sydney, will join 67 other young entrepreneurs as part of this year’s China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP).

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16 February 2017
How changing times made Australia’s political leaders more disposable

Politics was once a gentlemanly affair with leadership spills a rare sight; but times have certainly changed, writes Emeritus Professor Rodney Tiffen in this extract from his book Disposable Leaders: Media and Leadership Coups from Menzies to Abbott.

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16 February 2017
Trailblazer tales help authors vie for literary prize

Two University of Sydney historians are in the running for Australia’s richest business literature prize.    

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15 February 2017
How leaders can better sell economic reform

Policy makers must move away from believing voter disaffection amounts to apathy, writes Associate Professor Anika Gauja.

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15 February 2017
Who 'Likes' social media gambling?

Problem gambling is set to get worse because of social media, writes Sally Gainsbury from the Gambling Treatment Clinic. Research shows gaming and gambling are converging and are being embraced by the smartphone generation.

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10 February 2017
Not Guilty? How direct gaze influences face recognition

Sydney researchers including from the Not Guilty project have confirmed direct eye contact may increase the perceived familiarity of a face and therefore the chances of a wrongful conviction.

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09 February 2017
The Great Invention Search

PhD candidate Jonathan Englert needs inventors to share tales of ingenuity, for a new study investigating Australia's strong track record of creation. 

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07 February 2017
How unspoken collusion fixed petrol prices

A study detailing 'tacit collusion' by major fuel firms leads an MP to urge measures to protect consumers and ensure greater competition on petrol prices. 

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07 February 2017
Hissstory: how the science of snake bite treatments has changed

From ammonia and alcohol, to splints and antivenoms: Dr Peter Hobbins from the Department of History charts the evolution of Australia's snake bite treatments. 

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07 February 2017
Can you sue someone for giving you a bad reference?

Australian defamation law applies to all forms of communication. Despite the wide application of defamation law, you have very limited recourse if you've been given a bad reference by an employer, writes Professor David Rolph.

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03 February 2017
Explainer: what makes a good teacher

From judging what’s best for the class and individual to finding the ‘sweet spot’ for learning, Dr Nicole Mockler explains teaching traits and skills.

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