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News from the social sciences and humanities: Big Thinking, Census 2016 and graduate education

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Ken CoatesOn Tuesday, Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, presented the first Big Thinking lecture of the 2012-13 season. His talk, “Inclusive Innovation: what is the role of rural and remote regions in the knowledge economy?,” drew a full house. Photos from the breakfast are on Facebook. A video of the lecture will be available soon.

Last week, the U.S.-based Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Technische Universität München (TUM) issued a media release announcing a joint statement on Principles for Supporting Global Careers in Graduate Education. The full release and statement are available...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: OECD, Bantings and Fifty Shades of Grey

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The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its annual Education at a Glance report this week. While Canada places high in terms of national spending per tertiary student per year, as well as women’s rate of tertiary education attainment, the findings were less positive when it comes to the unemployment rate of people under 30 (13.5%). Margin Notes’ Léo Charbonneau has a detailed summary of the OECD’s findings on Canada.

Industry Canada released this year’s list of Banting...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Quebec, student mental health and the environment

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The Parti Québecois, headed by Pauline Marois, has won the premiership in Quebec, ousting the Liberal party by a narrow margin. Pauline Marois had promised students she would repeal the tuition hikes that sparked protests earlier in the year, but commentators question whether or not her party can achieve this with a minority government. Antonia Maioni, CFHSS’s president-elect, wrote an analysis of what the PQ victory will mean for Quebec in Wednesday’s Globe and Mail.

A study from the University of Toronto attempted to determine how students decide which...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Student debt, MOOCs and the Paralympics

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Rob Carrick wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail this week arguing that rising student debt needs to be better addressed by parents, the government and the education system. In it, he argues that students should be encouraged to pursue trades and college degrees. Today, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada responded through a letter-to-the-editor, pointing out that one in four students graduate debt-free and that university graduates still out-earn...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Free classes, childcare and a video contest

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The University of Waterloo will be offering a free humanities credit course to low-income individuals as part of a pilot program starting in spring 2013. The course will be offered to 25 people who qualify. The University of Victoria is pursuing a similar goal with its University 101 program, a free three-month humanities course for people living in poverty. Aside from offering education opportunities to people living in poverty, the courses allow those individuals to form supportive relationships with others in their position.

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Einstein, international education and the federal budget

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The Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy released its report this week, calling for Canada to double the number of international students and for 50,000 Canadian students to be sent to study abroad. CFHSS’s submission to the panel is available here and our reaction to the report is available here.

CFHSS also posted its 2013 Pre-budget submission to the federal government...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: International education, global health and mini-courses

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In a paper published yesterday by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Stephen Toope, president of the University of British Columbia, argues that Canada must do more to position itself as a leading education destination for Asian students and encourage Canadian students to pursue research and education opportunities in Asia. In particular, he suggests the creating of high-profile scholarships for international students and an expantion of the Vanier...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Philosophy, knowledge economy and Indigenous education

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Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschic wrote about the reasons behind a proposed boycott of philosophy conferences that don’t feature female speakers. While some academics in the philosophy community applaud the proposed boycott, others argue that it’s “unworkable or unfair.”

AUCC President Paul Davidson published an op-ed in this week’s Re$earch Money arguing that the skills humanities and social sciences disciplines develop in students are a crucial part of the knowledge economy. The article quotes CFHSS’s president, Graham Carr, on the skills fostered...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Humanities, political science and graphic novels

 

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Alan Liu, founder of 4Humanities, argues that the humanities are essential for a culture that values discovery, innovation and technological advancement as much as we do. He argues that we need to understand the social, ethical and cultural shifts surrounding advancement in technology and science in order to truly be innovative and responsive to a shifting world.

An editorial published in Nature counters the United...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Census, open access and university graduates

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Vass Bednar and Mark Stabile wrote an op-ed for the Vancouver Sun on the effects that cuts to Statistics Canada will have on policy-making. They argue that making sound policy decisions for the future is impossible without accurate measures of present challenges and national well-being.

The United Kingdom announced that it will make government-funded research completely open access by 2014. The research will be available from anywhere in the world at no charge. While some British...

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