Studying is much more than attending lectures and producing assignments. The University of South Australia provides students with more than just a degree in their chosen discipline area. Studying in the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences can provide students with an experience that extends beyond the classroom; opportunities to participate in programs enabling students to develop leaderships skills, get hands on experience in their field of study and develop the 'soft skills' that future employers are looking for.
Students can work with state-of-the-art equipment to cover a news story, work a real life art project for a community organisation, experience an Indigenous community helping those in need, educating young minds or finding out more sustainable ways to design and build buildings. Students undertaking a degree with the Division will have the opportunity to gain experience in their future profession first-hand before they finish their degree.
Student’s research supports modification of recent legislation
March 2014 - Nicole Stevens, a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) student in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy recently undertook research examining sentencing submission transcripts as part of her Honours thesis. Her findings revealed that some perpetrators of child sexual abuse were constructed as persons of good character throughout the defence's sentencing submissions, which had the affect of minimizing and silencing child sexual abuse and constructing a merciful and lenient approach to perpetrators in the sentencing context of the criminal justice system.
Ms Steven’s research argued that the concept of 'good character' in the sentencing of child sexual abuse matters should be examined and suggested that South Australia should adopt a 2009 New South Wales’ law that only allows child sex offenders to use examples of their past good character as justification if they had not used that same behaviour to take advantage of their victims.
Attorney General John Rau of the South Australian Government agrees with the findings, and vows to introduce legislation as early as April 2014 to address this issue.
Ms Steven's completed her Honour’s degree last year and not only received a 1st class grade for her thesis, but also had her research reported on the front page (and on following page 10) of the Advertiser. The full story can be found here.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College