School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI), in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is home to the Departments of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Gender and Cultural Studies, History and Philosophy. Our aim is to be one of the leading centres for teaching and research in the humanities in Australia and the world. Our academic staff include some of the most eminent scholars in our disciplines in the world, along with an exciting array of early and mid career researchers working at the cutting edge of their fields. We believe strongly in the close relationship between excellence in research and high quality teaching. Our undergraduate and postgraduate students are taught by staff who are making major contributions to the field, and our staff benefit enormously from working with the exceptional students we attract to our courses and programs.

If you are thinking of extending your studies or returning to university after some time away, SOPHI offers a wide array of postgraduate coursework programs and units of study, as well as research supervision at MA, MPhil and PhD. Visit the pages on our website and learn more about our highly accomplished researchers and teachers and about the many possibilities for study in the School and the Faculty.

Latest News

  • New social classes: Are you a startup star, slogger, gen 2.0 or gestater?

    Gen Z: Access to technology is becoming increasingly important in the race for social mobility.

  • We did not invent clothes simply to stay warm

    Melissa Hogenboom, Honorary Associate in the Department of Archaeology, writes: 'Simple protection may not have been the only reason we started wearing clothes'. Read her article written for the BBC.

  • David Harold Tribe Philosophy Award 2016

    Applications Open to the Public

    The aim of the David Harold Tribe Philosophy Award is to promote interest in philosophy and to help the recipient further their education, enabling them to develop their insights and to advance the general public’s understanding of philosophy.

    Applications close Friday, 25 November 2016 at 4 p.m.

    The award will be in the sum of $12,000 payable as a one-off payment

  • International Research Award in Global History 2017

    The Universities of Heidelberg, Basel and Sydney are proud to announce the Third International Research Award in Global History. The successful applicant will receive up to €10,000 towards the organization of an international symposium in Suzhou, China on a topic of significance to this year’s global history themes:

    The History of Global Governance
    Transnational Law and Global History

  • Gender and Cultural Studies to co-host Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference

    For the first time in its history, Crossroads in Cultural Studies is coming to the southern hemisphere. The 11th Association for Cultural Studies “Crossroads in Cultural Studies” conference will be held in Sydney, Australia, from the 14-17 December, 2016.  Hosted by the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, Crossroads 2016 will bring scholars together in the beautiful summertime setting of Sydney University to engage with the past, present and future of cultural studies scholarship.

  • 2016 'Cities’ Workshops

    Announcing the 2016 series of 'Cities' workshops to be held in Kevin Lee Room, Level 6, Lobby H, Quadrangle 5-7pm

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