Department of Sociology and Social Policy

Welcome to the Department of Sociology and Social Policy. We are one of Australia’s highest ranking social science departments, with expertise in Sociology, Social Policy, Socio-Legal Studies, and Criminology. In 2018 the QS Subject Rankings rated our Sociology program #2 in Australia and our Social Policy program #3 in Australia.

The Department is home to two new world-leading centres, The Sydney Asia-Pacific Migration Centre, and the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building; a framework for the study of knowledge and education, which is now being used to analyse a growing range of practices across education, law, politics, arts, and public understanding of science.

We are also engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary research projects and informal research networks, including in criminology and socio-legal studies, and host the Biopolitics of Science Network, a social study of science which looks at the ways in which biosciences are redefining society, politics and legalities in areas of stem cell research, reproductive technologies, and genetic testing.


Latest News

  • FASS Strategic Research Themes Announcement 2018-2019

    The Faculty recently announced the Strategic Research Themes for 2018-2019. As part of the FASS Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the Research Themes aims to build aspiration, capacity and achievement in research and research engagement. The initiative will award up to $80,000 to each new research theme by the end of 2019. Six flagship research projects have been selected with three of them involving academics from the School of Social and Political Sciences.

  • SSPS Magazine winter edition is out!

    In this edition of the SSPS Review we take a look at the rise of true crime and criminology in popular culture, how Indigenous youth are using hip-hop to express their own culture and self-determination, women and the future of work, the key political and policy challenges facing Australian society today, and the work of 2018 Sydney Peace Prize winner and former economic adviser to the Clinton administration, Joseph Stiglitz. More.

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