High School


Start University in Year 11

America: Prophecy, Power, Politics

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 three iPads for your school!

The US Studies Centre's Debate the Future of America competition is on again in 2014! Open to teams from NSW high schools, the competition commences in July with the grand final at the University of Sydney’s Open Day in August. The winners will receive three iPads for their school. Applications close 30 June 2014.


2014 History Teachers' Association NSW Extension History Prize


The US Studies Centre is pleased to be partnering 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

Enter now

For full competition details and to enter visit the History Teachers Association NSW website.

Closing date 15 September 2014.
 



Past activities for high school students

VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS

Brendon O'Connor

Australia, the US, and the War on Terror

With Australia raising its terror alert level to high and Obama announcing a plan of action in the Middle East, debates about the alliance and its role in the War on Terror are re-emerging. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor joins an expert panel to discuss the next steps in Iraq and Syria.


Tom Switzer

Obama lays out plan for Iraq and Syria

Barack Obama's major address on his Islamic State strategy promised air strikes but can a satisfactory resolution be reached without ground troops? Research associate Tom Switzer joins a panel to read between the lines of the President's speech.

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