Department of Sociology and Social Policy
The University of Sydney's programs in Sociology and Social Policy are relatively new, having both starting in 1991. The Department offers a unique and dynamic approach to each field. The courses combine studies of theory, research and application of policies to real world issues. The Sociology Program emphasizes a historical and comparative approach to the study of social life and applies research and theory to contemporary social issues. The Social policy program focuses on the history and contemporary institutions and practices of Australian social policies, comparative studies of policies in other countries, and the contested principles of social policy. The study of both Sociology and Social Policy is rewarding and exciting, and is an excellent subject area for students in the BA Degree, Liberal Studies, Art/Law, Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications), and other combined and specialist degrees taught by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Dr Sharon Quah and Dr Shawna Tang, recent PhD graduates in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, have both been awarded prestigious Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore.
Dr Susan Banki, a member of the Department’s Human Rights Team, has been awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.