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.
Series 3 of Go Back To Where You Came From aired on SBS on from 28-30 July 2015 to critical acclaim. A lot of research goes in to producing these shows, including up-to-date topic content. The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is proud that one of their Master of Cultural Studies interns, Isabel Cruz Aroca, worked with Production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder to undertake the critical research that contributed to the location filming.
Now available as a podcast from Radio National's Big Ideas program
The Universities of Heidelberg, Basel and Sydney are proud to announce the International Research Award in Global History, to be awarded for the second time in 2016. The successful applicant will receive up to €10,000 towards the organization of an international symposium on a topic of his/her choice at one of the participating institutions.
The International Research Award in Global History is jointly advertised by the Department of History and the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’ at Heidelberg University (Roland Wenzlhuemer), the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel (Madeleine Herren-Oesch) and the Laureate Research Program in International History at the University of Sydney (Glenda Sluga).
2015 Tom Austen Brown Lecture: Dr Brit Asmussen - 3 August 2015
Philosophy and Practice of Modelling - 20 August 2015
Thinking Labour Rights through the 'Coolie Question' - 17 September 2015 to 18 September 2015