Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
How can arts graduates play a role in responding to global issues?
The Monash Centre for Human Bioethics, Australia's only World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics, helped formulate the response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Pressing issues such as the use and scientific study of untested treatments and vaccines during the epidemic were referred to the WHO's bioethical advisers. The Bioethics Centre's expertise and insight helps WHO formulate public health policies and practices that are not only effective, but also sensitive to questions of human rights and justice.
It is vital, practical interventions such as this that show the real value of arts at Monash. They address urgent questions and draw on expertise from across the humanities and social sciences: historians might contribute expert knowledge on colonialism; political scientists can illuminate ethically difficult questions of resource allocation; and language or communications experts ensure vital messages are heard.