School of Social and Political Sciences

The School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney is home to the key social science disciplines, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) report, the social sciences at the University of Sydney was rated as 5/5 - higher than any other university in New South Wales and equal top in Australia with ANU and UQ.

Our 100 staff and 174 postgraduate research students conduct research and teaching across a vast range of topics across politics, government and international relations, peace and conflict studies, sociology and social policy, anthropology, security studies, political economy, and public administration. With a shortly to be completed state of the art social sciences building, world class library holdings and global leaders across key areas of contemporary relevance, the School of Social and Political Sciences is the premier environment for social science research and teaching.


Latest News

  • The Great White Lie - Chris Neff on Shark Attacks

    From bigger boats to greater voices, it seems we are transfixed by a perceived threat of sharks on our shores. But as the numbers tells us, we are more likely to be struck by lightning than being taken by a shark. Tom St John writes about Dr Christopher Neff's Sydney Writers Festival talk, which looks at why shark bites enrapture the attention of politicians and the public – and what this tells us about the wider world of public policy.

  • Yanis Varoufakis: Living as an Outsider

    From his “very recent and very short” political career, it is clear that Varoufakis is a man with very strong opinions. The strength of his convictions generally garner a similar response in turn, hence his reputation as one of the more polarising figures in international politics. Tom St John writers about Yanis Varoufakis' public lecture on the European political crisis for the Sydney Writers Festival.

  • Dr Megan Mackenzie - Women in the Military

    Platoon, Blackhawk Down, Full Metal Jacket, and American Sniper - Hollywood has a long tradition of hyper-masculinity in film. It’s in this fetishised world of fraternal loyalty and physical courage, argues University of Sydney lecturer Dr Megan Mackenzie, that we form and perpetuate the myth that women don’t belong in the armed forces.

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