Welcome

Associate Prof Gaby Ramia

Associate Professor Gaby Ramia

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS). At SSPS we are at the forefront of education, research and public engagement in the social sciences. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs and a large and vibrant PhD program. Our record in scholarly publications and nationally competitive research grants and fellowships is impressive by any measure, and we have many researchers who are at the top of their field internationally and locally. We pride ourselves on a combination of theoretical prowess and real-world applications, both of which we bring to our research and to our classrooms.

We have established our reputation as an internationally leading school in the social sciences, but equally we have a great deal to look forward to. Our courses attract some of the very best domestic and international students. Like many of our colleagues around this fine university - Australia’s oldest – SSPS staff have spent a great deal of time over the last two years engaged in the planning of a brand-new curriculum. We have invested heavily and generously in our students and in our teaching and teaching support, and we’re rolling out new undergraduate degrees this year.

I invite you to read about our new four-year Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies combined program, which is designed around disciplinary depth and inter-disciplinary breadth, but also problem and project based learning and real-world engagement and impact.

In total we have six Majors, two Minors and six Honours programs across the School. We also offer eleven coursework Masters degrees. Details of how to apply for a Masters courses and the PhD program can be found on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.

We have almost 100 academic staff located across five Departments: Sociology and Social Policy; Government and International Relations; Political Economy; Anthropology; and Peace and Conflict Studies. Many of our people are among Australia’s finest social science researchers, a significant proportion of them being funded by the Australian Research Council through its various grant and fellowship programs. We also have a high ratio of staff who the university has recognised as part of the Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) internal fellowship scheme. Some of our researchers pursue excellence in theoretical and conceptual work, while others conduct applied research, often in collaboration with government and non-government organisations.

You can read about our research, and our six affiliated research centres: the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building; the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC]; the Sydney Democracy Network (SDN); the Electoral Integrity Project; the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS); and the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI).

In support of our research and education programs, our highly dedicated and talented team of professional staff provide expert services and solid backup to our students, visitors and academics.

The School is an exciting place to visit. We organise many colloquia, conferences and workshops each year, almost all of them set within our beautiful campus, in one of the world’s great cities.

Let me offer you my very best wishes as you explore our website, whether or not you are contemplating studying with SSPS, visiting us, or working with us in some other capacity.