Society and Culture - HSC

A guide to resources for HSC Society and Culture especially for researching for your Personal Interest Projects (PIPs).

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Key to library resources

Access anywhere with a library card In the Library (or anywhere with a Library card for NSW residents)
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Finding books and other resources in the Library

Use the new library catalogue to find Library resources such as:

  • Published works like books and reports
  • Unpublished material like photographs and maps
  • Eresources like ebooks and journal articles

Get a Library card to request and use material from the Library’s collections.

We’re a reference library, not a lending library:

  • Books and other materials must be used onsite at the Library
  • Books you have requested will be reserved for 7 days on Lower Ground 2 (LG2) in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room
  • You can usually renew your books several times
  • Access many Eresources including ebooks from home with your library card
  • You can borrow some books on interlibrary loan through your public library 
  • These include books published overseas but not all Australian books
  • Speak to your public library about requesting an interlibrary loan

HSC Info collection:

  • Find useful Society & Culture resources on the reference shelf in the HSC Info collection on LG2
  • These include award-winning PIPs from previous years, the Issues in Society series, and reference books
  • You don’t need a Library card to use any material on the Reading Room shelves

Try Our New Catalogue

Find lots of useful resources to help you with the new catalogue here.

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Issues in Society

The Issues in Society series: 

  • Features titles on trending social topics such as gender identity, body image, crime, welfare and digital media
  • Contains the latest news, facts, opinions and statistics for each topic from a range of primary and secondary sources
  • Provides a good introduction to topics with high quality information from trusted sources and is useful when refining your PIP topic

You can find copies of Issues in Society on the HSC Information area shelves on LG2 in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. Issues published since 2016 are also available as ebooks.

Critics' picks

Find the best new books and recent magazines from Australia and around the world in our Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. There are over 1,000 new books available to browse and read in our Critics’ Picks section on LG1 and LG2. Books are organised by subjects such as Social Sciences and Current Affairs; Business and Politics; Literature and Language; Science, Technology and Medicine; Arts and Recreation and History, Geography and Travel.

Why not use them as inspiration for choosing your topic?

Most books have been reviewed by top critics, including the Australian Book Review, New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.

Selected social sciences books

Gender Theory in Troubled Times

This timely intervention revisits gender theory for contemporary times, exploring the multiple strands which go into making our gendered identities and refusing a singular 'truth about gender.’

Women, Sport and Exercise in the Asia-Pacific Region

Discusses women in the fields of sport and exercise with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It presents a diverse range of empirical case studies, from bodybuilding in Kazakhstan and Thailand, karate in Afghanistan, women’s rugby in Fiji and netball in Papua New Guinea and demonstrates how sports may be used as a lens to examine the historical, socio-cultural and political specificities of non-Western and post-colonial societies.

The End of Forgetting: Growing up with social media

Explores what happens when images of our younger selves persist just a click away. What was once fleeting is now documented and tagged, always ready to interrupt our future lives. New innovations such as automated facial recognition mean that the reappearance of our past is increasingly out of our control. The real crisis of the digital age may be the spectre of a childhood that can never be forgotten.

Indigenous Education in Australia: Learning and teaching for deadly futures

An essential, practical resource on creating contexts for success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Based on the latest research and practice, this book provides an in-depth understanding of the colonised context within which education in Australia is located, with an emphasis on effective strategies for the classroom.

Fatness, Obesity, and Disadvantage in the Australian Suburbs

An ethnographic look at food, eating and bodies during the highly political context of one of Australia's largest childhood obesity interventions. Rather than rely on common assumptions that people are making the wrong choices, this volume reveals the challenges of 'eating healthy' when money is scarce and how different versions of being fat and doing fat happen in everyday worlds of precarity.

The Regulation of Social Media Influencers

Explores the regulation of social media influencers, bringing together legal, economic and ethical angles to further unveil the implications of influencer marketing. Thus far, influencers have been under scrutiny for not disclosing paid advertising, yet their activity has many more questionable implications.

Gaming Sexism

Women make up nearly half of all gamers, yet sexist assumptions about women’s gaming are more actively enforced. Cote explores the video game industry and its players to explain this contradiction, how it affects female gamers, and what it means in terms of power, gender equality and control over the future of technology.

Issues in Society ebooks

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