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.
Based on the results of an SSPS and UTS research project, Beyond the Coal Rush explores the global contest over the future of coal through the eyes of communities on 3 continents. Tune into Beyond the Coal Rush, Radio National Science Show from noon on Saturday 27 August.
Professor James De Derian explains the importance of quantum physics to the social sciences, comments on the political science prison, and argues for more speculation in IR.
Registrations are now open for the 2016 Australian Anthropological Society Conference, taking place at the University of Sydney on 12-15 December 2016.
Join us for seven days of exciting talks, debates and art focused squarely on the new, challenging and dangerous political trends facing all democracies today. View the program and register now.
Festival of Democracy | We need to talk about Antarctica - 1 September 2016
Festival of Democracy | We the People - 2 September 2016
Festival of Democracy | Photo Essay - The Revolution of Dignity - 2 September 2016
Festival of Democracy | On the Margins of China - 5 September 2016
Festival of Democracy | Populism, Race and Democracy - 6 September 2016
SDN Democracy Futures | The Rise of a Transnational Radical Right in Europe - 7 September 2016