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.


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  • Master of Health Security's very own global health warrior, Captain Sophie Hollingsworth

    Sophie Hollingsworth is a Master of Health Security student and founder of AquaAid International. “In today’s world, an outbreak here is an outbreak everywhere.” Read Sophie's story about how she explores a passion for sustainability and public health in the degree, and became a global health warrior at a young age.

  • Call for papers | Historical Materialsism Conference 2018 - Contesting the Survival of Capitalism

    Call for papers is now open for Historical Materialsism Conference 2018, closing on September 30, 2018. The conference organisers invite proposals for panels and individual papers with different topics that engage with historial materialist throught from diverse disciplines.

  • Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) 2018 mid-year update

    The Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) has published a mid-2018 report that describes the latest update of the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity dataset (PEI-6.5). The release is drawn from a rolling survey of 3,524 expert assessments of electoral integrity across 310 elections in 165 countries around the world.

  • Prof. Danielle Celermajer reflects on importance of truth in democratic politics

    Prof. Danielle Celermajer was interviewed by ABC Radio National about the importance of truth in democratic politics. What is 'truth' in democratic politics? What role does it play? And how might a more complex, textured understanding of kinds of 'truth' help us navigate this perplexing political moment? Hear how Prof. Celermajer addresses to the questions.

  • SSPS student experience | Anthropology student Thomas O'Donnell

    Meet Thomas O'Donnell, current undergraduate student majoring in Anthropology, and recipient of multiple prizes for academic achievement!

    ‘Anthropology has made me view the world more critically, and really question why we live our lives in certain ways.’ Thomas shares his experience of studying Anthropology, and how it changed his way of seeing the world.

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