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School of Social Sciences

In the School of Social Sciences we are passionate about creating a better world by exploring today's big questions and supporting the social and economic development of the human race.

Our staff and students are curious about society and how it influences the world around us; they're passionate, community-minded people who are great problem solvers and critical thinkers. Our students benefit from our close relationships with government and industry organisations by gaining real-world experiences to complement their theoretical studies. We prepare our students with the skills that employers want, so they can make a global impact.

If you want to make a real difference in the world, then come and join us!

Our study areas

Politics and International Relations

The study of Politics and International Relations is vitally important to the understanding and improvement of the structures that support and affect modern life.

Study areas include international security, human rights, terrorism and counterterrorism, the political economy, Australian politics, international and local politics of the environment, Asian politics, and police studies.

Social Work

Social Workers aim to enhance individual and community wellbeing by addressing structural challenges that are harmful to people, such as discrimination, inequality, violence and other forms of oppression—focusing on social justice and human rights.

Sociology and Criminology

The study of Sociology and Criminology offers opportunities to investigate the worlds of consumption, culture and leisure, rituals such as Dark MOFO, sporting organisations, consumerism, cultural programmes, drugs and alcohol, housing, health, poverty, the environment, youth, gambling and prisons.

Our staff are award winning teachers and researchers, actively involved in real world research in their fields, and this is reflected in sociology research being rated at 'at world standard' in the Excellence in Research Australia 2015 report.

Police Studies

The Police Studies degree builds on a strong social sciences foundation and provides specific knowledge and skills of policing. The program provides you with the specific knowledge, critical understanding and skills of policing and how these apply to real-world, real-life scenarios.

Wide range of careers

Study in social science prepares our graduates for diverse careers in both government and non-government sectors, including the professional career fields of social work and policing.

Dr Lionel Nichols, YouTube video

Dr Lionel Nichols studied International Relations and Law. Now he is prosecuting some of the biggest cases of our time.

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Nikayla Roach, YouTube video

Nikayla Roach completed our Introduction to Policing unit. She has since successfully completed the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Police Studies) and police training and is now a serving member of the Tasmania Police.

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Hannah Graham

After studying at the University of Tasmania, Hannah Graham now works for the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research advising the European Union among others on criminology.

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The School of Social Sciences is a leading international centre of excellence in interdisciplinary and applied social research.

Our research intersects with the University of Tasmania’s research themes of Creativity Culture, and Society; Better Health; Data, Knowledge and Decision Making; and Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Research in the School is broadly focused on the application of social science theories, methods and concepts to social and policy issues. Research strengths include crime and justice, housing and community, the environment, risk, social inclusions, migration and ethnicity, health and medicine, sport, tourism, leisure, gender and masculinities and global and national governance.

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Researcher profile

Professor Rob White

Criminality and Climate Change

Criminologist Professor Rob White is pioneering the field of green criminology internationally. He has published seven books on the topic. His research examines three interconnected justice-related approaches to environmental harm.

While the obvious impact of climate change is the increased temperature, rising sea-level and an impact to the ecology, there is also the issue of increased criminality.

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