School of Social and Political Sciences
The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic communities of social scientists in the world. Since 2009, SSPS has recruited over 40 new permanent staff, including 10 full professors. Our research is globally recognized as excellent. Social sciences at Sydney is currently ranked 24th in the world by QS and the individual disciplines we cover are usually ranked in the top 30 globally.
SSPS is home to the Departments of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Political Economy, Sociology and Social Policy, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the Centre for International Security Studies , and the Graduate School of Government. Details of the research and teaching strengths of the constituent parts of the School are available on the relevant departmental web pages.
We believe strongly in the close relationship between excellence in research and high quality teaching. Our students and researchers benefit from a number of collaborative networks and research initiatives within the school and with other parts of the University that provide innovative teaching and research opportunities within Australia, and with other parts of the world. School based networks include Biopolitics of Science and Society, Social Transformation and International Migration, Human Rights and Democratisation, Law and Society, Electoral Integrity, Sydney Democracy Network (SDN) and Religion, State & Society. Networks with significant input from members of the School include Social Justice, Climate Change, and The China Studies Centre. We also have strong input into the work of the United States Studies Centre.
As regards teaching, our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are sought after for being at the cutting edge of the social sciences. They consist of a range of units and programmes of study that provide an outstanding basis for employment or further research through our MA, MPhil and PhD programs.
CISS Associate Dr. Megan MacKenzie writes about the myths and stereotypes associated with women in the U.S. military for Foreign Affairs Magazine.
Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais appointed Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC
Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais has recently been appointed as a Senior Associate (Non-resident), Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asian Studies, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington DC, U.S
Today, the Marie Bashir Institute and Centre for International Security Studies are pleased to release the interim report of Saving Lives: The Civil-Military Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa.
Palestinians surveying their history over the last few decades have precious little cause for optimism, with the theft and colonisation of their land and denial of their rights under Israeli occupation. But, according to Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, in his talk at the University hosted by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (July 9), they can still find hope, if hope is to mean: “realising that ‘I’m not going through this by myself'”.
SDN Democracy Futures: Political Theory and the Idea of Expertise - 2 September 2015
Insights: The Way We Vote Now - 3 September 2015
Enigmatic materiality and crises of water scarcity - 10 September 2015
Habermasian Public Sphere as a Locus of Civic Autonomy - 14 September 2015
Professor Simon Jackman (ANU and Stanford University) - Unlisted in America - 15 September 2015
The value of everything and the price of nothingness - 17 September 2015
SSPS Research Day - 18 September 2015
Can there be a critical political economy of international trade? - 24 September 2015
Eastminsters – Decolonisation and State Building in British Asia - 8 October 2015
Hidden Agendas: The Dark Side of Public Policy - 22 October 2015
The global development crisis - 29 October 2015
Call for Abstract: Postgraduate Research Day - 4 November 2015