High School

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America: Prophecy, Power, Politics

Applications for the 2016 course now open!

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.



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 August with the grand final at the University of Sydney’s Open Day on 29 August 2015. The winning team will receive three iPad Airs for their school!

2015 History Teachers' Association NSW Extension History Prize

The US Studies Centre is pleased to partner with the History Teachers' Association of 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

Visit the History Teachers' Association of NSW website for details on how to enter.

Entries close 14 September 2015.


Past activities for high school students


Gorana Grgic

Why Obama reversed his stance on Syria

Lecturer Gorana Grgic explains why President Barack Obama changed his tune and announced US troops in Syria.

Omar Offendum

Bridging the Arab-American divide through hip-hop

Centre guest Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American hip-hop artist who uses his music to explore cultural identity and politics in the Middle East.

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