Prof.Simon Tormey

Welcome to the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) website. Here you will get an insight into the work, life and activities of our students and staff. The School is a lively, friendly and enthusiastic community of scholars from around the world, and attracts some of the very best students from Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

The School offers a comprehensive range of subjects across the spectrum of the social sciences. We take great pride in ensuring that our teaching is current, topical, challenging and always informed by a deep engagement with the world around us. As one of the largest centres for social science research and teaching in Australasia, there is something for everyone in SSPS.

We are a major centre for both undergraduate and postgraduate education. We offer a wide range of majors for the various undergraduate or BA programmes offered by the Faculty. We also have a brand new dedicated Politics and International Relations stream, part of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree. Details of the undergraduate majors can be found on the relevant departmental pages within the SSPS site.

Regarding postgraduate education, we normally host around 300 MA students and some 100 or so PhD students, many of whom hold scholarships from the University or other national and international funding bodies. Details of how to apply for a Masters courses and the PhD programme can be found on the Faculty pages for future students.

Our teaching is very highly regarded, not least by students themselves. They give us tremendous feedback on the quality of our programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Future students can have every confidence that they will be afforded the outstanding education they are seeking from a world-class institution.

As regards our research, staff in SSPS work at the cutting edge of their own disciplines. Many of them are recognised globally for their scholarship and contribution to developing debates in their fields. As a noted centre for research in the social sciences the School is home to a number of emerging collaborative networks and groupings. They include: the Biopolitics of Science Research Network, the Human Rights and Democratisation and the Social Transformation and International Migration initiative. Colleagues are prominent on a range of national and international bodies and the School hosts key disciplinary journals such as the Australian Journal of Political Economy and Oceania, underlining our commitment to supporting the highest standards of scholarship.

With nearly 100 academic staff, a constant stream of eminent visiting scholars, colloquia, conferences and workshops, the School is an exciting place to work and study, and all set within a wonderful campus in one of the world’s great cities. This site will hopefully give you an idea of the range of activities and courses we offer in SSPS. I hope you find it informative and that it will spark your interest in visiting us. You will always be very welcome.