Social Sciences Week 2020

Date: Tuesday 8 September, 12.30 - 1.30pm

As part of Social Sciences Week 2020, we are inviting you to attend our Panel Discussion event: 

Everyone is welcome to attend and hear from our speakers.

Real life meaningful change is the business of social sciences. Our panel brings together, grass roots activists, advocates for social change in business and community-based organisations and experts on significant changes achieved by government. Where does change happen? 

Panel members 
  • Professor Claire Annesley, Dean of UNSW Arts, Architecture and Design 
  • Professor Jan Breckenridge, Head of UNSW School of Social Sciences
  • Dr Simon Adams, UNSW Alumni and Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect 
  • Anna Hush, PhD Candidate at UNSW 
  • Dixie Link-Gordon, Senior Community Access for Women's Legal Service NSW and UNSW Adjunct Senior Lecturer

Professor Claire Annesley, Dean of UNSW Arts and Social Sciences

Professor Claire Annesley’s research and teaching expertise includes comparative politics, executives, gender equality, political representation and public policy.  She has received numerous accolades for her research on gender politics and policy. Claire’s latest book Cabinet, Ministers and Gender with co-authors Karen Beckwith (Case Western Reserve) and Susan Franceschet (Calgary), explains why historically women have been underrepresented in cabinet across seven democracies and why this is now changing. Claire is a Professor of Politics and, prior to joining UNSW as Dean, Arts & Social Sciences, she was Head of Politics and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Equalities and Diversity) at the University of Sussex (2015 – 2020), before which Claire was based at the University of Manchester (2000-15) where she was Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Director of Research in the School of Social Sciences.

Professor Jan Breckenridge, Head of School of Social Sciences

Jan Breckenridge is a Professor and Head of the School of Social Sciences, and the Co-Convener of the UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW.  Jan’s research is oriented towards maximum impact in innovative social policy development, service provision and outcome measurement of effectiveness. Jan leads an evidence informed knowledge-exchange stream ‘Gendered Violence and Organisations’ which provides expert advice to government, private and third sector organisations on best practice policies and organisational response to employees and the management of customers affected by domestic and family violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Dr Simon Adams

Simon is one of our valued alumni. A passionate human rights advocate, Simon works with governments and organisations to advocate the prevention of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. He has lived and worked in many countries where most wouldn't visit. Simon is currently the Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect – the world’s leading organisation for advancing the international norm of the Responsibility to Protect at the UN and beyond. Having held senior appointments with Monash University, Simon describes himself as a “recovering academic”. The author of five books on international conflict, Simon is a respected media source regarding issues of mass atrocity prevention and international justice. 

Anna Hush

Anna is a UNSW postgraduate scholar, completing her PhD in the Faculty of Law. In 2018 Anna co-authored the Red Zone report, an investigation into sexual violence and hazing in Australian university colleges, and she was featured on AFR's 100 Women of Influence List the same year. She is a co-director of End Rape on Campus (EROC) Australia, and a member of the UNSW Casuals Network. Anna is an advocate for change, with a focus on transforming institutional responses to sexual violence and abuse. 

Dixie Link-Gordon

Dixie is the author and founder of Breaking Silent Codes (UNSW article available here). Published in December 2019, this book explores stories of Aboriginal, Torres Strait, Maori and Pacific Islander Women speaking about sexual assault and domestic violence. Dixie has more than 30 years of knowledge and experience in the human service sector specialising in sexual assault and family violence, bringing valuable insight into this critical issue facing First Nations women. Dixie works as Senior Community Access for Women's Legal Service NSW and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Arts and Social Sciences University of New South Wales, Sydney. 

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Date: Wednesday 9 September, 6.00pm - 7.00pm

As part of Social Sciences Week 2020, UNSW School of Social Sciences and the Australian Association for Social Workers (AASW) are inviting you to this free online seminar designed for practising social workers or those with an interest in the field. The seminar will explore therapeutic responses to chronic child sexual abuse related shame and will be presented by Maureen MacGinley who has worked alongside survivors of interpersonal violence and child abuse for over 25 years.

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Date: Friday 11 September, all day - starting at 09.30am

As part of Social Sciences Week 2020, we are inviting you to attend our Career Symposium event:

Current UNSW students completing a BSW (Hons) or associated degrees are encouraged to attend this networking event to discuss career opportunities with organisations working with us. 

All current UNSW students are welcome to attend our EDI Panel Discussion, Skills Workshops and Industry Exhibition.  

Our agenda for the day is available here:

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It’s your turn to be a change maker or a change enabler!

To celebrate Social Sciences Week 2020, and #60yearsofdifference for the faculty, we will be running two competitions: one for photo submissions and one for essay submissions.

The photo theme is ‘A Moment of Change’ and the essay theme is "Should social media be considered a path for social change?"

We are calling on our students, undergraduate or postgraduate, to participate in this exciting competition! You must have taken or be undertaking a Social sciences course to be able to submit your entry.

The competitions are now closed and winners will be announced during Social Sciences Week. 

Competitions entries ran from Monday 03 August 2020 to Friday 28 August 2020.

Entry process:

Photo competition
Entries must be submitted in two ways:  
1) social media, using the #UNSWSocialSciences (recommended); or  
2) email addressed to, with the subject line: “SSW 2020 photo competition”.

Essay competition
Entries must be submitted as plain text in the body of an email,  
addressed to, with the subject line:  
“SSW 2020 essay competition”.

How and when will I find out about results?
Winners will be announced during Social Sciences Week,and notified personally before that.

See Terms & Conditions for both competitions below
SSW Essay competition T&Cs
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