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

  • Sydney Writers' Festival program announced!

    The 2018 Sydney Writers' Festival will feature 5 academics from the School of Social and Political Sciences, alongside numerous Australian authors, public figures, and international guests. This year's theme, 'power', will combine ideas of sex, money, politics and identity with the importance of literature and vigorous public debate.

  • Women of SSPS

    International Women’s Day seeks to celebrate women’s achievements, as well as act as a catalyst for change when it comes to gender equality. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress. We caught up with five female researchers from the School of Social and Political Sciences to find out what ‘progress’ means to them in their respective fields.

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