Social Affairs

08 April 2013
Ironically, the most important outcome of improved defence ties with Indonesia may well be political rather than strategic, writes Alan Dupont.
07 April 2013
NAPLAN is a high-stakes test - schools are held publicly accountable for its results - and high-stakes tests are known to lead to unethical, unscrupulous, and sometimes corrupt behaviour, writes Leila Morsy.
03 April 2013
The current political meltdown is not all about personality issues - the party is at war because there are traditions jostling for dominance, argues Lindy Edwards.
21 March 2013
The NSW government has thrown its support behind a landmark report by UNSW’s Professor Deborah Brennan, by announcing a $20 million injection into the state's preschools.
20 March 2013
New research shows that early intervention and support for families is critical if foster children are to be reunited quickly and safely with their birth parents.
28 February 2013
Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter has called for a focus on moral education to counter violence in society.
Twitter Bird
27 February 2013
While social media has yet to be fully embraced by Australian academics, its capacity for information sharing and building connections cannot be ignored, explains Ben Harris-Roxas.
Alcohol-fueled violence
26 February 2013
Generally speaking, if a population drinks more, there will be more harm from alcohol. But this link now appears to be unravelling, writes Michael Livingston.
22 February 2013
Ela Gandhi will discuss her grandfather's legacy of nonviolent resistance, social justice, and respect for the environment in a free public lecture at UNSW.
18 February 2013
Australia is at the forefront of a wholly new approach to dealing with the impacts of domestic violence, write Inara Walden and Ludo McFerran of the Safe at Home, Safe at Work Project at UNSW.
18 February 2013
Dr Geoff Nathan outlines why Pope Benedict XVI saw it necessary to relinquish his title and reflects on the future direction of the Catholic Church.
17 February 2013
While we're so outraged by the unfolding doping scandal within sport, we're ignoring the growing use of performance enhancement in society as a whole, writes Jason Mazanov.
12 February 2013
The technology exists, now all we need are government and employer targets to encourage men to 'telecommute' to work two to three days a week, argues Dr Lindy Edwards.
11 February 2013
Natasha Butorac is one of 24 UNSW students selected to debate major international issues at the World Model United Nations Conference in Melbourne.
08 February 2013
Not only is Eddie Obeid an old acquaintance of ICAC's, he is the link between successive political casualties, argues Mark Rolfe.
07 February 2013
Corporate involvement in public education is often met with suspicion. As it should be in the case of the Narara Valley High School's formal partnership with NuCoal Resources, argues Dr Leila Morsy.
31 January 2013
Thousands more gifted students are now able to jump a class, thanks to a landmark book on accelerated learning.
31 January 2013
Mahatma Gandhi’s central messages on women’s rights, the environment, animal rights and sexuality, continue to “challenge us, disturb us and shake us out of our complacency,” Michael Kirby has told a capacity audience at UNSW’s Gandhi Oration.
Daniel Guo
25 January 2013
Piano virtuoso Daniel Guo is one of an elite group of students merging their science and musical talents in a unique dual degree.
Monika Barthwal-Datta
25 January 2013
The future of Australia-India relations rests in the hands of the youth of both countries, writes Monika Barthwal-Datta.
15 January 2013
One of Australia's most admired and respected public figures, former High Court Justice Michael Kirby, will deliver UNSW's 2013 Gandhi Oration on 30 January.
19 December 2012
We must recognise that war is a finite, extraordinary and unnatural state of affairs, not something entered into as a panacea capable of solving all problems, argues Ian Bickerton.
18 December 2012
The draft defence white paper might be flawed but it sheds light on the strategic changes most likely to destabilise out region, argues Alan Dupont.
urban farm
17 December 2012
Will an urban farming project be able to revitalise Detroit, ask Laura Crommelin and Christine Steinmetz.
12 December 2012
That Beijing sent its top brass to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations suggests China is interested in wider strategic engagement – a challenge Australia must accept if it is to thrive in the Asian Century, writes Laurie Pearcey.