Welcome to the School of Social Sciences

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Professor Sharon Pickering – Head of School

Welcome to the School of Social Sciences. It is one of the largest and most accomplished social science schools in Australia and includes Anthropology, CriminologyPolitics and International Relations, and Sociology, as well as the Centre for Women’s Studies & Gender Research, the Unesco Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific and the Border Observatory.

The Graduate Program of Social and Political Sciences is also closely aligned with the School and reports some of highest completion rates and awarded thesis in Australia. It is renown for the international experience it offers undergraduate and postgraduate students making use of the Prato Campus in Italy and the Malaysia campus in Kuala Lumpur. The School provides a dynamic, collegial, cross disciplinary environment that facilitates leadership, excellence and opportunity is social science teaching, research, research training and scholarship. 

The School offers undergraduate and graduate courses, honours and higher degree supervision in all of the above programs and in interdisciplinary fields. It also offers coursework masters degrees in international relations, development studies and sustainability. The core teaching areas traverse social, cultural and political theory, addressing key contemporary issues such as globalisation, governance, conflict and terrorism, health and illness, migration, violence against women, crime and social control, political leadership and social, political and economic changes in Australia.

Demonstrating its commitment to the highest standards of scholarship in multi- and interdisciplinary enterprise, the School is home to six ARC Future FellowsProfessor Sharon PickeringAssociate Professor Anita Harris, Professor Jacqui True, Associate Professor Leanne Weber and Dr Julian Millie; three Discovery Early Career Researchers: Dr Anna Eriksson, Dr Antje Missbach and Dr Marie Segrave; a Discovery Outstanding Research Award:  Professor James Walter, as well as a wide range of ARC funded research projects. 

In the School of Social Sciences we seek to understand and respond to political, social, cultural economic and legal processes. Our academics apply their expertise to social and political challenges and advance knowledge for the public good with a focus both on policy-oriented and ‘blue skies’ research.

Our research, education and leadership is underpinned by a commitment to equality, justice, prosperity and democracy

We seek better to understand and respond to complex political, social, cultural, economic and legal processes. Our academics apply their expertise to new problems and advancing knowledge for the public good.

Our high quality independent research is explicitly international and locally informed. We utilise interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on disciplinary expertise within the School. We aim to forge collaborations with those working in fields outside the Social Sciences such as medicine, science and technology to advance knowledge and demonstrate the practical value and policy significance of social science knowledge and methods for the social good. We transform knowledge and develop new ways of thinking, bringing new insights into policy debates associated with social challenges.

The School of Social Sciences is publically engaged and committed to collaborating with international, regional, national and local communities and with broader knowledge networks including government policymakers, industry partners and advocacy organisations.

Students in the Social Sciences receive research-led teaching from academic leaders with world-leading reputations in their respective fields. Students will be well equipped to develop and progress the world in which they live, leading the next generation of social change.

Sharon Pickering
Head of School