Supported by innovative and world-renowned scholars engaged in local, regional and international networks of research and praxis, the Doctoral Program in Social and Political Thought is a doctoral program for people who believe that the world can and should be different.
The four-year program begins with an intense year of coursework and training, combining serious theoretical and conceptual work with a strong commitment to engaging with the enormous challenges of our era. The demanding and rigorous year of coursework, comprised of four North American style doctoral seminars, provides students with a deeper understanding of the great debates in social and political thought, and better prepares them for the task of undertaking original investigations of their own.
The program is also committed to a cohort model of doctoral training. Each year there is one intake of PhD applicants, who begin the coursework and training together, forming a mutually supportive community of inquiry sustained by close contact with academic staff and students from other cohorts. All members of the program, staff and students, learn from and support one another from the beginning to the end of the PhD.
Our students come from diverse humanities and social sciences disciplines; some of their projects are purely theoretical, and some combine theory with diverse forms of empirical and action research. All students are engaged in practically oriented and theoretically sophisticated research projects that aim at the creation of a more just, participatory and sustainable world. Our current students have come to the Institute for Social Justice from all over the world, including Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, China, Iran, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Palestine, Tonga and Wiradjuri Country.
All doctoral students participate in seminars, workshops, and supervisory relationships with outstanding academic staff engaged in cutting edge research.
Expressions of interest for the Doctoral Program in Social and Political Thought close on 18 August 2017 and classes begin in August 2018. For details on how to apply visit the ISJ website.