University of Notre Dame Australia

The University of Notre Dame Australia was founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989. Since its inception, Notre Dame has become a leader in higher education and now boasts over 11,000 students enrolled across its three campuses in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome.

Notre Dame offers a wide range of courses in arts and sciences, business, education, law, medicine, nursing, philosophy and theology. Students receive an excellent standard of training for the professions from leaders in their field within a context of Catholic faith and values.

Notre Dame is rated 5 stars by students and has one of the highest graduate employment rates.*

At Notre Dame, students are part of a vibrant and connected community that respects human life, dignity and social justice.

*85.6% graduates employed on graduation – 9.5% higher than the national average. ~ 2012 Graduate Destination Survey

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Wes Craven: Revisiting The People Under the Stairs

Wes Craven, who died on Sunday, is best known for A Nightmare on Elm Street, the genre defining film of the 1980s in which he created Freddy Kruger, and for the self-conscious teen slasher films of the…
The lawsuit accuses the US government of knowing about the harmful effects of greenhouse emissions for 50 years, but failing to stop them rising. EPA/Justin Lane/AAP

Teens sue Obama over climate, asking why future generations' rights are not respected

The US government is being sued by teenagers who say it hasn't done enough to protect future generations from climate change. The case raises the crucial question of how we weigh up society's future rights.
Greater certainty around who carries costs for international aviation searches would comfort families. Reuters/Samsul Said

The search for MH370: sharing the costs fairly

Australia has borne the brunt of costs for MH370. But there are fairer ways to apportion costs for future searches.
It might be nice if buying the right to emit greenhouse pollution could be made a bit simpler. Oleandra/Shutterstock.com

Politics aside, a simple carbon tax makes more sense than a convoluted emissions trading scheme

The term 'carbon tax' is a political poison in Australia, thanks to the previous carbon tax which was actually an emissions trading scheme. Yet ironically, many economists prefer a tax over an ETS anyway.
Lady Philosophy offers Boethius wings so his mind can fly aloft. The French School (15th Century).

Lady Philosophy: Loving Wisdom in Medieval Rome

A favourite text during the Middle Ages was The Consolation of Philosophy, written by the medieval philosopher, Boethius. In it, we get an unusual style of philosophy that was accessible for a wide audience…
Syphilis outbreaks tend to occur in marginalised populations where there is a lack of affordable, appropriate and culturally acceptable health care. yaruman5/Flickr

Northern Australia syphilis outbreak is about government neglect, not child abuse

The syphilis outbreak in Central Australia is not about child abuse. But it highlights the urgent need for investment in sexual health services for Aboriginal Australians living in remote areas.
A Community of Inquiry at the 2014 Victorian Primary Philosothon conducted at the National Gallery of Victoria. Image source: http://vaps.vic.edu.au/ Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools

Philosophy in schools: promoting critical, creative and caring thinking

It has been a good week for philosophy. The results of a year long study on the benefits of teaching philosophy to primary school aged children has just been published in the UK and the reports are positive…
Life is naturally sunny for the ‘happy mother’ of social mythology, which makes it doubly difficult for mums when they are miserable. Shutterstock/FamVeld

How happiness becomes a burden of identity as a wife and mother

Women are supposed to be happy about motherhood – if they're not their parenting is open to question. We have seen a 'Parenting Hate' backlash against this, but what's needed most is better social support.
Sofie Laguna last night became the fourth woman to win the Miles Franklin award in as many years. Allen&Unwin

Sofie Laguna’s Miles Franklin win helps keep half the world visible

If a society should be judged by the way it treats its children, and those who are struggling on the margins, then Laguna’s work once again proves that the novel is a crucial means for drawing attention to the burning problems of our times.
Trusting can be a balancing act.

On Trusting: is it naïve or wise to trust?

Trusting in others, in institutions and even in oneself can be scary. Trusting necessarily involves opening ourselves up to being vulnerable and possibly tricked. However, it is better to trust than to…
US domestic carriers won’t face emissions curbs until the rest of the world’s airlines do too. Lasse Fuss/Wikimedia Commons

Without a global deal, US curbs on airline emissions are hot air

Greenhouse emissions from the aviation industry are still largely unregulated. The prospect of regulations for US flights sounds like progress, but it won't happen without an elusive international consensus.
Willem Dafoe brings a magnanimity to the role of the late poet Pier Paolo Pasolini. © Capricci Films

Pasolini, with Willem Dafoe, offers an unconventional biopic – review

Rather than attempting to retell the life story of its subject, Pier Paolo Pasolini, this film simply presents a day in his life – his last day, leading up to his murder at Ostia.
The Lemmings cast. Left to right: Garry Goodrow, Peter Elbling, Chevy Chase, Chris Guest, John Belushi, Mary-Jennifer Mitchell, Alice Peyton. © National Lampoon

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon – review

Most of us are familiar with the National Lampoon films of the 70s and 80s. But this documentary offers insight into the magazine of the same name and the questionable dynamics of modern satire.
Perth City.

Philosophy for the people: commencing a dialogue

I have always been interested in how we try to understand the world in which we live, and artworks provide us with a great stimulus for such discussions. My research focuses on aesthetics, ethics and education…
Technology has always transformed the novel and given it new shapes to play with. Thomas Leuthard

The byte may destroy the book but the novel isn’t over yet

Victor Hugo famously claimed the invention of the printing press destroyed the edifice of the gothic cathedral. Others fear the internet age will eventually destroy the novel. But guess what? It won't.

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