CSU’s best books to expand your mind

Academics at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are always looking to push knowledge forward. So we thought we would take a look at some of the best books for expanding your mind that our talented lecturers have published recently.

Give your brain a gift; check them out.

Lunar InheritanceLachlan Brown   
Lunar Inheritance

Dr Lachlan Brown is a senior lecturer at CSU, teaching literature and creative writing. Dr Brown has won the Sydney University Henry Lawson poetry prize, the Macquarie Fields poetry prize and the Hermes best poem award, and has been shortlisted or placed in numerous national and regional poetry competitions.

His latest book of poems – his second collection – was published in July 2017. Lunar Inheritance explores Dr Brown’s Chinese–Australian heritage as well as the interplay of materialism, emotion and meaning alongside meditations on urbanity and suburban Australia.

The Sydney Review of Books stated that:

Brown’s poems reveal their value to you only if you take the time and effort to interrogate the poems, and in doing so, are led to examine and reflect on your own histories and value systems, and those of the world around us. Lunar Inheritance is a fine, nuanced and powerful collection of new poems […] May there be many more such prayers to come.

Dr Brown has a rich history of published works, from academic research and analysis of literary figures, to literary history and many creative pieces. And this constant exploration of the possibilities of language is evident in the poems in Lunar Inheritance.

(And if you’re keen to start your own adventures in verse, check out our writer’s centre.)

Healthy Ageing Aged CareMaree Bernoth and Denise Winkler
Healthy Ageing and Aged Care

Aged care is a sector of the healthcare industry that is getting more and more media attention, especially given the demographic shifts in Australia’s population and what that might mean for healthcare services.

But all too often the people at the heart of the issue – older Australians – aren’t part of the conversation.

Healthy Ageing and Aged Care sets out to change that.

It puts the first-hand stories of older people and their caregivers at the heart of the discussion, allowing students of the nursing and allied health fields to understand the complexities and idiosyncrasies of these situations. And it makes it clear that for all the talk of policy and performance targets, at the end of the day healthcare is fundamentally about people.

The book was edited by Dr Maree Bernoth and Dr Denise Winkler. Maree is an associate professor of nursing in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health in Wagga Wagga, while Dr Winkler was an educational designer at CSU when they collaborated on the book.

The book also comes with a host of related media resources, including audio and video case studies, which readers can access online with a code from the purchase of the book – adding a compelling multimedia dimension to students’ learning experience.

This unique take on presenting the complexities of the aged care health sector was recognised at the 2017 Educational Publishing Awards Australia with the Best Tertiary Student Resource award. The judges stated that:

“The richness of the videos and quality of the case studies links the content to the real world and elevates and humanises this publication. The book puts people at the forefront. It gives the reader examples of how things play out in the world through a variety of media.”

IndigeneityDominic O’Sullivan
Indigeneity: A Politics of Potential – Australia, Fiji and New Zealand

Another recent publication by a CSU academic that addresses a key issue in Australian politics and social culture is Indigeneity by Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan.

Dr O’Sullivan is an associate professor of political science at CSU and has a long history in research and public policy concerning Indigenous peoples in Australia and New Zealand.

His latest book uses political science to explain Indigenous politics. Associate Professor O’Sullivan says that the book provides an Indigenous framework for thinking about how to engage liberal societies in discussions about reconciliation, self-determination and sovereignty.

“Indigeneity is a claim to the liberal recognition of difference,” he said. “This has some acceptance in New Zealand, for example, but remains peripheral to mainstream Australian politics. Liberal freedom is culturally contextualised. Culture and context matter.”

Dr Lindsey Te Ata o Tu MacDonald at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, said the book is “an incredible and seminal work”, and that it provides further evidence of Associate Professor O’Sullivan’s deep understanding and nuanced interrogation of these pressing issues.

Marketing Services Resources in Info OrganizationGeorge Yi
Marketing Services and Resources in Information Organizations

Dr Zhixian (George) Yi is also approaching his subject with a view to exploring current challenges and opportunities.

Dr Yi is a lecturer in the field of information studies at CSU, and in his latest book, Marketing Services and Resources in Information Organizations, he gives business and marketing students an accessible but comprehensive introduction to marketing concepts and practice, with a particular focus on how companies can maximise marketing potential in the digital age.

So alongside fundamentals of marketing such as branding, strategic planning and market research, Professor Yi explores how to create effective social media campaigns and use Web 2.0 tools to promote services and resources.

Dr Yi is the ideal guide to understand the possibilities of marketing in today’s technology-driven society, and where it might go next.

Books boost brains

CSU’s academics are constantly working to expand knowledge in their respective fields, and in doing so empower their students to do the same. Books are at the heart of students’ learning experience – inspiring, informing and entertaining.