What are the social sciences? What do they do? How are they practised in Australia? This lecture considers the place of the social sciences in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities.
The social sciences were constituted as academic disciplines to meet urgent needs as Australia fought the Second World War and prepared for post-war reconstruction. The lecture accordingly explores their contribution to public policy and appraises the arrangements made to support them.
About the speaker
Professor Stuart Macintyre AO FASSA is the Ernest Scott Professor of History and a Laureate Professor of the University of Melbourne. His work spans Australian and British history, and he has a particular interest in historiography and intellectual history. He currently holds an ARC professorial fellowship for his project on post-war reconstruction.
He was president of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia from 2006 to 2009, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Australian Research Council.