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, Religion, State & Society and Markets and Society. Networks with significant input from members of the School include Social Justice, Climate Change, The China Studies Centre and the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR). 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.
Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais from Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences, published an article about US hegemony in Asia Pacific on The Conversation.
In many countries, polling day ends with disputes about ballot-box fraud, corruption, and flawed registers. Which claims are accurate? And which are false complaints from sore losers?
Allan McConnell (Government and International Relations/Social and Political Sciences) and Andrew Hindmoor (University of Sheffield) have won the prestigious Political Studies Association (PSA) Harrison Prize for for the best article published in Political Studies in 2013.
The research is gaining wide attention, including a feature on BBC News online.
Results suggest foreign aid programs are increasingly important geostrategic tool.
A new study by Australian and US researchers, including Associate Professor Ben Goldsmith from the University of Sydney, provides the first empirical evidence using cross-national data that foreign aid can greatly improve foreign public opinion of donor countries.
Aboriginal Studies Press and The Balmain Institute invite you to the launch of: Protest, Land Rights and Riots: postcolonial struggles in Australia in the 1980s by Barry Morris. To be launched by Professor Gillian Cowlishaw.
The annual conference of the Australian Political Studies Association will meet from Sunday 28th September to Wednesday 1st October 2014 at the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.