Department of Government and International Relations

Welcome to the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. We are a comprehensive political science department, with particular expertise in International Relations, International Security, Comparative Politics, Australian Politics, Public Policy and Political Theory. Our missions are to:

  • Produce world class research which continually advances the intellectual boundaries of the discipline and develops our understanding of real world political phenomena.
  • Deliver high quality teaching and research programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, which are both intellectually and vocationally relevant.
  • Develop mutually beneficial links with our many professional, research and educational communities.
  • Establish the Department as the premier political science department in Australia, and one of the leading political science departments in the region and the world.

We are also engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary projects, including human rights, democratization, public policy, environment and climate change, immigration policy and law, electoral integrity, and China studies.

We have recently merged with the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS), which produces innovative, multidisciplinary academic research and education programs focusing on international security and foreign policy issues, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region

The most recent Jiao Tong World University Rankings (August 2011) ranked the University of Sydney 18th for politics and international relations, in the top 10 percent worldwide.

This website provides information about our people, courses, and publications.

Latest News

  • APSA 2014 Conference

    The 2014 Annual Conference of the Australian Political Studies Association is meeting from Sunday 29th September until Wednesday 1st October 2014 in the New Law School at the University of Sydney.

  • Festival of Democracy | 24-27 September

    The Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) invites you to the second annual Festival of Democracy, hosted at the University of Sydney from the 24th to the 27th of September.  Four full days of talks, debates, workshops, art and cinema will focus on the formidable practical challenges confronting democracy across the globe. SDN invites the general public to join the discussion on a range of tough issues: disaffection with political parties and the democratic process; the lack of public accountability of Australia’s extractive industries; corruption and political instability in China; the crisis in representative democracy; how democracy functions in the face of economic and social inequality; and the rise of anti-democratic regimes. Speakers and sessions will cover regions as diverse as the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

     

  • EUGENE JARECKI RETROSPECTIVE as part of the Docos for Politicos Film Series

    Docos for Politicos film series is presented by the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre (USSC) and the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA), headlining this year A EUGENE JARECKI RETROSPECTIVE.

  • DOCOS FOR POLITICOS Film Series

    Docos for Politicos film series is an initiative of the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre (USSC).

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