The Backbone of Democracy

Social Sciences Week Student Symposium, JCU Douglas Campus

“The social sciences and humanities produce knowledge and insights about our societies and our past, our complex relations to each other and to our environment. They are crucial to building, understanding and improving those institutions that are the backbone of democracy. They enrich our understanding of how modern economies function or, as during the recent financial crisis, how and why they fail. They critically reflect on the consequences of industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth. They provide the intellectual power to respond to some of the most pressing challenges facing our world.”

–Professor Helga Nowotny, President of the European Research Council

Social Sciences Week is a chance to highlight the relevance and diversity of social sciences research and employment. It aims to strengthen the links between universities and the broader public.

Interested Year 9 students and teachers are invited to join an interactive problem-solving symposium. Students will spend the day with experts across social science disciplines including Anthropology, Archaeology, Criminology, Education, History, Political Science, Sociology, and more.

The day will include:

  • Short talks from experts in a range of disciplines about a contemporary social issue
  • Small group activities as students are guided in social inquiry & problem-based learning
  • Links to the Year 9 HASS Australian Curriculum disciplines
  • Conversations between teachers and Social Sciences at JCU
  • Recognition of teacher development and participation on the day

Register your interest via email to receive more information.

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SSW Speakers
Mark Morri
A crime author and journalist
Greg Barton
Shanthi Robertson
Academic: Senior Research Fellow, Institute For Culture And Society
Academic: DECRA Research Fellow, Department of Sociology, Writer, Lawyer
Farida Fozdar
Academic: Sociologists - Deputy Head (Research), UWA School of Social Sciences
Deborah Lupton
Academic: Centenary Research Professor, Communication
Anthony Elliott
Academic: Dean of External Engagement
Joel McGregor
Associate Lecturer, PhD Candidate
Ben Lohmeyer
Critical youth sociologist and youth worker
Duncan McNab
Journalist & Author
Xanthé Mallett
Academic: Criminologist and forensic scientist
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