It is a pleasure to welcome you to our School which is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia.
We have a team of dedicated academic and professional staff in the disciplines of Political Science, Criminology, Anthropology and Sociology as well as our allied research centres providing a dynamic and rewarding environment to further your studies.
The School offers a wide range of courses and programs in areas including criminology, development studies, international studies, political science, public and social policy, socio-legal studies, anthropology and sociology. Our courses are concerned with how we make sense of the world in which we live, the current challenges we face and how both Australian and international political, legal and social institutions ought to respond to complex problems which face us in an era of globalisation and rapid social change.
Our students move on to careers in a wide range of areas including local, state and federal government, non-governmental organisations, the media, education, justice, and further academic research. Whatever pathway students want to follow, we hope to provide a conducive environment where you will expand your knowledge and acquire many skills that will enable you to take advantage of your future opportunities.
We hope that you find your studies with the School enjoyable and intellectually rewarding.
Professor Adrian Little
Head, School of Social and Political Sciences
Anthropology and Development Studies
Study the diverse ways that people today interact, organise and find meaning in their lives. Explore the processes of social, economic, political and cultural change that underlie poverty, inequality and insecurity in the contemporary world.
Examine crime and the various social responses to it. Improve your understanding of crime and deviance, and map the social and criminal justice policy implications.
Gender Studies (Interdisciplinary program)
The Gender Studies program at The University of Melbourne offers students the potential to learn about issues such as sexual difference, gender equity, queer politics, and sexuality, from a variety of thought-provoking and provocative perspectives.
Study the main issues, ideas, institutions and actors that dominate local, national and international politics. Expand your knowledge on democratic theory and human rights, public policy, Indigenous and environmental politics, globalisation and international relations.
Sociology, Social Policy and Social Theory
Investigate the complexity and breadth of living in today's societies. Challenge your understanding and assumptions about what it means to live with others.
Conflict, Development and Justice
The research cluster advances a framework that investigates the ways in which 'peace' and 'conflict', including contentious politics and other forms of political expression, are able to co-exist.
Governance, Chaos, Control and Complexity
Complex governance challenges across a range of issues, from transnational crime to the global governance of climate change to domestic health policy, increasingly challenge settled ways of looking at the world.
On Culture, Power & Practice
Researchers in this cluster are centrally concerned with making visible the ways that culture not only is framed by but also shapes, constrains, inspires, and otherwise motivates individual, social and political action.
Generations, Place and Temporality
Researchers in the Generations, Place and Temporality cluster seek to understand how the timing and societal organisation of life transitions have significant and long-term consequences for individuals and societies.
Information for current undergraduate students including essay writing guides and citation styles, cover sheets, minor thesis due dates, policy, and the On Country field trip subject.
Information for current Honours students including essays and assignments, extensions, the minor thesis, and policy documents can be found here.
Information for current graduate coursework students including essay writing guides and citation styles, cover sheets, minor thesis due dates, and policy.
Information for prospective students and those currently enrolled in a PhD or Masters by Research program.
Information for students interested in applying for the Parliamentary Internship program, Public Affairs Internship program and Masters of Development Studies Internship program.
Scholarships and prizes
The School of Social and Political Sciences offers a range of awards to provide scholars with opportunities for development and research.
'Crime, justice and the liberalism of fear' lecture now available on Radio National's 'Big Ideas' Po...
Casual academics required for Semester 1, 2017
Casual academics are required for teaching subjects in the School of Social and Political Sciences for Semester 1, 2017. Applications close 20 January, 2017. More information and application...News
Casual academic staff required for 2017 Summer semester subject
The School of Social and Political Sciences requires casual academic staff for one 2017 Summer semester subjectNews
Justice through Conflict; Conflict through Justice symposium
A conversation between scholars, practitioners, activists and community organisations working with histories of violence24 - 25 October 2016Registration for the conference is now openNews
Call for papers: Australian Studies
The Australian Centre is piloting a faculty wide research seminar series with the view to extending it to the wider university in the future.News
Sessional tutors for Semester 2 2015
Sessional tutors are required for Semester 2, 2015. Please see the standarised position description. All applications are completed online.News
Sessional tutors required for Semester 1 2016
Sessional tutors are required for numerous subjects in Semester 1, 2016.News
Sessional tutors for Semester 1 2015
Sessional tutors for Semester 1, 2015. Please see the standarised position description below. All applications are completed online.News
Celebrating 25 Years of the Parliamentary Internship program
Did you complete an Internship at the Victorian Parliament during your undergraduate degree?News
Vale Associate Professor Christine Alder
It is with great sadness that the discipline of Criminology and the School of Social and Political Sciences learnt of the death of Associate Professor Christine Alder.News
Research Assistant for project on Migrants Care Practices and Policies in Australia
A casual Research Assistant (RA) is required for a project investigating the responsiveness of social policies to African migrants' care practices and care needs.Please note: Applications for this position ARE NOW CLOSED.News