Vale Luke Gardiner

The Department of Social Sciences, Swinburne University, notes with deep sadness the death of one of our past students, Luke Gardiner. Luke was a wonderful, kind, and highly intelligent young man. Our sincere condolences go to his family and his friends. Luke’s funeral will be held tomorrow at Montsalvat, Eltham (Thursday 23 November) at 1Continue reading “Vale Luke Gardiner”

Victorian Trades Hall Council: Paid Union Summer Placements Now Open

Applications for Union Summer (January intake) are now open. Applications close November 10, 2018 at 5pm. What is Union Summer? Union Summer is a 3 week program run by the Victorian Trades Hall Council. It’s designed specifically to introduce young people to unionism, and give them first-hand experience of what unions do. It’s also anContinue reading “Victorian Trades Hall Council: Paid Union Summer Placements Now Open”

End of Semester Drinks

Join us to celebrate the end of semester. Toast yourselves, your friends, and our local Swinburne Nobel Peace Prize laureate! Friday 27 October, from 4pm at the Hawthorn Hotel. All students and staff from the Department of Social Science (Politics, History, International Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Environmental Studies, Languages, and Indigenous Studies) are welcome to attend.Continue reading “End of Semester Drinks”

Think you can’t make a difference? How Melbourne activists launched a campaign for nuclear disarmament and won a Nobel prize

Dimity Hawkins, a PhD student at Swinburne University, together with Tilman Ruff from Melbourne University, are both founding members of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Here they write about the creation of ICAN, which last week was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. First published in The Conversation, this article it is republished here with permission.   HowContinue reading “Think you can’t make a difference? How Melbourne activists launched a campaign for nuclear disarmament and won a Nobel prize”

Call for Expressions of Interest for the 2017 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program

Swinburne University of Technology – Applied Political Research, Semester 2, 2017  In 2017 Swinburne University of Technology will again participate in the prestigious Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program (VPIP). Established in 1990, the program has seen over 1,000 interns complete placements with members of the Victorian Parliament.  It provides students with an outstanding opportunity to observe andContinue reading “Call for Expressions of Interest for the 2017 Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program”

Politics and History Group BBQ

Welcome/Welcome Back BBQ! Friday 3 March, 12-2.30pm at Central Gardens (Henry St, Hawthorn) All Politics, History, International Studies, and Indigenous Studies students and staff welcome to attend. Food and drink provided.  Bring a picnic rug! RSVP essential! Please let us know if you are coming via our Facebook page. 

Training and Grants for Oral History Students

Oral History Victoria training workshops start in March, with full details and online booking (for the March and April workshops) via these OHV website links. All the workshops are on Saturdays at Emerald Hill Library in South Melbourne, 10-4, with a student concession fee: Introductory Workshop 1: Bringing history to life – an introduction to oralContinue reading “Training and Grants for Oral History Students”

La Trobe and Swinburne Students: Parliamentary Internships

  A graduation ceremony has been held at Parliament House for the 2nd semester of the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program. Now in its 26th year, the program included students from La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology for the first time this year. Parliamentary interns prepare a research report for members of parliament. TheContinue reading “La Trobe and Swinburne Students: Parliamentary Internships”

Is it a cake or is it a brownie? And other big questions from my Intern experience

By Joanne Hajjar   Joanne Hajjar is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Studies. She participated in the SUT History and Politics Applied Political Research Program in 2016. I have an interest with Australian and Indonesian relations. In 2015 I went on exchange to Bandung in Java, where I studiedContinue reading “Is it a cake or is it a brownie? And other big questions from my Intern experience”

Australia, East Timor, Missing Maritime Boundaries: Is Australia’s position fair? Is it sustainable?

On 29 September 2016, Janelle Saffin (ex Labor MP and human rights activist) spoke at the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities – Seminar Series, on Australia, East Timor, Missing Maritime Boundaries: Is Australia’s position fair?  Is it sustainable?  This paper examines Australia’s continental shelf-natural prolongation claim in the Timor Sea. Drawing on international law, UNCLOSContinue reading “Australia, East Timor, Missing Maritime Boundaries: Is Australia’s position fair? Is it sustainable?”