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.


Latest News

  • Introducing our new Head of School, Professor Lisa Adkins

    We are excited to announce the appointment of Professor Lisa Adkins as the new Head of School. Professor Adkins joins us from the University of Newcastle, where she was Chair of Sociology while also spending 6 months of the year at the University of Tampere and the University of Turku in Finland as part of her Academy of Finland Distinguished Professorship. More.

  • Tackle real-world problems with the FASS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study

    Get out of the classroom and work alongside students from other disciplines while you learn how to apply your studies to tackle real-world problems! The FASS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact unit of study allows you to work with a group of student to develop ways to transform the Westmead Precinct into more than a ‘hospital suburb’, by engaging with interdisciplinary problem-based learning. Applications close 6 July.

  • SSPS Magazine winter edition is out!

    In this edition of the SSPS Review we take a look at the rise of true crime and criminology in popular culture, how Indigenous youth are using hip-hop to express their own culture and self-determination, women and the future of work, the key political and policy challenges facing Australian society today, and the work of 2018 Sydney Peace Prize winner and former economic adviser to the Clinton administration, Joseph Stiglitz. More.

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