History: Beyond the dot points

Gain a deeper perspective of the American History modules of the HSC curriculum!

The United States Studies Centre is offering history study days for high school students undertaking the American History modules of the HSC Modern History curriculum. These seminars will broaden students’ understanding and facilitate deep analysis of the issues in American History. It is supplementary to the content taught by teachers in the classroom, and is aimed at transforming students into Band 6 performers. These study days will teach students how to analyse the key features of specific periods of 20th century history and evaluate the role of key individuals, groups, events and ideas. It will encourage higher order thinking, enhancing students’ understanding of historical terms, concepts and events while developing their ability to critically evaluate and articulate the significance of factors which contribute to change and continuity in the modern world.

Excel in the HSC and prepare for what comes next!

We aim to prepare students for the challenges that university level education presents. There will be two seminars held during the school holidays: the first is on 10 July and the second on 11 July. Each day is dedicated to a specific American History module of the Modern History curriculum. These workshops are run as a seminar series, with the opportunity for students to be taught by American Studies academic Dr Altin Gavranovic from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Students will experience the style of teaching used at the undergraduate level, specifically tailored for a high school cohort, and will gain insight into what to expect when they enter university next year.

Terms and conditions

Bookings must be made by school teachers on behalf of their students. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that parents and/or guardians have given permission for their children to attend.

PRE-BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL: Tickets will NOT be sold on the day. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Registration on the day is in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Institute Building (H03) at the University of Sydney. Students need to register with staff on the day when they arrive. Registration will begin at 9.30am each day.

The Seminar will begin at 10am each day and end at 1pm.


$20 per person per day
$100 for a group of 10 students per day

Teachers accompanying school groups may attend free (ratio of 1 teacher free, per minimum of 3 students)

How to book:

Complete the payment form at the link below. After payment, there is an additional registration page.

(Note: If you are a teacher booking multiple students, you will only need to fill out the form after payment once. Ensure you have listed the total number of people attending each session. Your booking cannot be processed otherwise.)

All applications will only be received via the United States Studies Centre website. No hard copy or email applications will be received.

Registration closes on 30 June 2017.

Transport will not be arranged, so students and groups will need to organise this themselves. Lunch will not be provided, so students are expected to bring their own food.

Registration changes and cancellations:

All cancellations and changes must be notified in writing (by email). Attendee substitutions will be accepted up to 24 hours prior to the event.

No refund will be made for cancellations received 24 hours before the event or for non-attendance on the day. If an event is cancelled, full refunds will be issued.

For any further inquiries, please email ussc.info@sydney.edu.au.

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