High School


Start University in Year 11

America: Prophecy, Power, Politics

Application deadline has been extended to 31 January 2015!

America: Prophecy, Power, Politics is a Board of Studies endorsed HSC course that offers Year 11 and Year 12 students the opportunity to develop university-standard writing and critical thinking skills, and earn credit towards a tertiary degree. Offered by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, America: Prophecy, Power, Politics covers new and exciting ground outside the HSC curriculum to enrich the study and understanding of the United States.


 

iPad

Debate the Future of America

Win great prizes for your school!

The US Studies Centre's Debate the Future of America competition sees teams from NSW high schools debating issues pertinent to the future of the United States. The competition commences in July with the grand final at the University of Sydney’s Open Day in August. In previous years the winning team has received three iPads for their school.


2014 History Teachers' Association NSW Extension History Prize


The US Studies Centre is pleased to partner with the History Teachers' Association NSW to offer a special category prize for their Extension History Prize.

The Extension History Essay Prize is for NSW high school students and is open to essays that:

  • Satisfy the requirements of the NSW HSC Extension Project
  • Are the product of genuine research
  • Represent ‘interesting and well written history’

Special Category – American Studies Prize

This category is sponsored by the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. The prize will be awarded to the best essay on any topic relating to US history or American Studies.

Prizes: 1st - $300, 2nd - $200

Entries have now closed.

 



Past activities for high school students

VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

Thomas Adams

Obama overhauls US–Cuba relations

US President Barack Obama has proclaimed a "new chapter" in US relations with Cuba, announcing moves to normalise diplomatic and economic ties. Lecturer Thomas Adams discusses what the changes mean.


ABC 24

Damaging CIA torture report released

A US Senate report has found that the CIA's post 9/11 interrogation program involved brutal, unapproved torture which failed to halt terror plots. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor says the revelations are not surprising but will be damaging.

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