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.
A full-time postgraduate scholarship, endowed from a bequest to the Department of Anthropology from Mr. Carlyle Greenwell, is available for a suitably qualified candidate with a good degree in social or cultural anthropology to undertake research studies leading to an M. Phil or PhD in Anthropology.
Major Grant from Institute for New Economic Thinking Awarded to new ‘Financial Innovation and Central Banking in China: a Money View’ Project
A new project, ‘Financial innovation and central banking in China: a money view’ received a grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking amounting to $106,176.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney has partnered with organisations such as Westpac, KPMG, Telstra and Allianz to create paid placement programs for bright and enterprising students. By coupling these placements with professional skills workshops on our campus, the program readies arts students for the workplace and demonstrates to employers the breadth of skills held by our graduates. Read the full article here.
Carnegie Corporation of New York Announces Major Grant for New Quantum Project by the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney
Who will benefit from and who will be harmed by the advent of quantum computing, communications and control? Are networked media, global surveillance and data-mining already producing quantum effects in world politics? How will quantum be ‘weaponized’? Will a quantum revolution present us with sentient programs, feral algorithms and artificial intelligence?
Martijn Konings’ New Forthcoming Book: ‘The Emotional Logic of Capitalism: What Progressives Have Missed’
Martijn Konings’s new book ‘The Emotional Logic of Capitalism: What Progressives Have Missed’ (Stanford University Press) is coming out in May 2015. According to Adam Morton, the Chair of Department of Political Economy, ‘this book advances a new understanding of the semiotics of money and the genealogy of economy, with a view to uncovering the paradoxical sources of cohesion and legitimacy that neoliberal capitalism commands’.
Revolutions, Passive and Permanent - 28 May 2015
Public Spending in Ancient Democratic Athens and Today - 3 June 2015
The Umbrella Movement: Hong Kong and the Future of China - 6 June 2015
2015 8th Annual Wheelwright Lecture in Political Economy - 5 August 2015