Head of School, Professor Jack Corbett

Welcome to the School of Social Sciences (SoSS) in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University.

As one of the largest and most comprehensive social science schools in Australia, we thrive in an environment of complexity and diversity. SoSS comprises five disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Human Geography
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Sociology

Our School is also home to three flagship research centres:

  • Monash Gender Peace and Security Centre
  • Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre
  • Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre.

Teaching is a passion of our School. At undergraduate level, we offer a three-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a choice of majors in Anthropology, Criminology, Human Geography, Politics, International Relations, and Sociology. Recently, we have also introduced two specialist degrees: a Bachelor of Criminology (BCrim), and a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).  At postgraduate level, we offer four coursework Masters programs:

  • Master of International Development Practice
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Environment and Sustainability

In addition, we offer Masters and Doctor of Philosophy research degrees in Social and Political Sciences. In any one year, we are home to a community of more than one hundred postgraduate research students.

A distinctive feature of our School is its international engagement. This is reflected in our teaching and research activities. We offer our undergraduate and postgraduate students international experiences through off-campus offerings delivered in Washington DC, San Francisco, Italy, Malaysia and Myanmar. We are also dedicated to preparing our students for employment through access to a wide range of industry placements and internships.

SoSS is a place of vibrant research activity. The School boasts many recognised leaders in their scholarly fields whose excellence is demonstrated by award-winning publications, fellowships and grants. Our research has a global outlook but is informed by local practice. We pride ourselves on producing scholarship that speaks to the community while maintaining intellectual rigour. Ours is a restless and continuous journey for better knowledge.