New Students Welcomed to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2011

2 March 2011

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences officially welcomed its new undergraduate and postgraduate students during O-Week 2011.

On Tuesday 22 March, around 250 postgraduate students attended the Postgraduate Welcome and Orientation evening held in MacLaurin Hall. This informal event is designed to allow students (coursework and research) to meet with their class groups and teaching staff in their area of study and to engage with the faculty before the rush of the semester begins.

Students were welcomed to the faculty by the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Duncan Ivison, Associate Dean (Coursework), Dr Kathryn Crameri and Associate Dean (Research), Associate Professor Vanessa Smith.

'It is always a delight to welcome new students to the Faculty, especially at this exciting time in our history when we are reshaping our degrees, bringing the social sciences and humanities together in new ways in our research and teaching and setting some ambitious goals for the future," said Professor Ivison.

During this event, recipients of both the International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships and the Research Teaching Scholarships were celebrated. Scholarship winners from a range of countries were represented, including the USA, Slovenia, Austria and Germany. Eight teaching Fellowships were awarded to students in English, Gender and Cultural Studies, Government and International Relations, Germanic Studies and History. These are fellowships open to all enrolled research postgraduates after they have finished their first, probationary year of candidacy, and reward candidates for exemplary progress on their thesis, and for having taken advantage of the broader experience of postgraduate life to engage in conference presentation, publication or tutoring.

The faculty then welcomed over 500 new undergraduate students who attended a lively Ancient Greek debate on merits of political activism.

The debate took place in Wallace Theatre on 25 February with some of the faculty's most dynamic academics who presented their different views on the topic through the prism of their own academic specialities. The debate was moderated by Dr Chris Hartney, Studies in Religion and the presenters included Associate Professor Tony Aspromourgos from Economics, Dr Anika Gauja from Government and International Relations, Dr Liam Semler from English, Associate Professor Rick Benitez from Philosophy and Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter from French Studies.

This debate gives new students a deep insight into the broad range of disciplines offered by the faculty. "The fact that our undergraduate orientation session is geared around a debate about one of the big questions of our time says just about everything you would want to know about what we are passionate about as a Faculty', said Professor Ivison.

The winner of the debate, Dr Liam Semler from the Department of English, was announced by the Dean, Professor Duncan Ivison based on audience applause. Dr Semler humorously likened studying for an Arts degree to the effects of the Stockholm Syndrome, in which students become hostages to the study of great works of literary art.

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