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, ‘Studies in Human Society’ 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, and political economy. 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

  • New publications | Power and humility

    Professor John Keane's new book Power and Humility will be published soon in August. The book assesses the challenges and opportunities democracy is facing under current global realities, and reflects on the underlying meaning of democracy.

  • SSPS student experience | Politcal Economy graduate Holly Rose McMath

    Meet Holly Rose McMath, Honours Class I graduate from the Department of Political Economy who is also in a graduation program with Commonwealth Treasury.

    ‘The field of study is diverse and there are many brilliant lecturers in the department!’ Hear Holly’s story of studying Political Economy, and how it has helped her in her career.

  • Political sciences ranks 34 in the global top 50

    Results of the 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) have been released, and political sciences in University of Sydney ranks 34 worldwide.

  • New publications | Australia in the US Empire

    Adjunct Professor Erik Paul (Department of Peace and Conflict Studies) published a new book Australia in the US Empire, analysing Australian geopolitics in the age of the Anthropocene.

  • Dr Elizabeth Hill presenting at NTEU seminar

    The NTEU and UnionsACT invite Dr Elizabeth Hill to present at a seminar as part of the Bluestocking Week. Dr Hill will discuss her work on the Australian Women’s Working Future project, producing a landmark survey of national social attitudes to the future of work.

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