Start university in Year 11!
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, America: Prophecy, Power, Politics covers new and exciting ground outside the HSC curriculum to enrich the study and understanding of the United States.
The course will provide a conceptual overview of major issues in contemporary and historical American society, politics, and culture. As the partisan divide in American politics demonstrates, the United States is a nation deeply divided by disagreements over: the role and size of government; religion and the separation of church and state; foreign policy and the nation’s role in the global order; and the balance of individual liberties with collective justice.
The course is designed to give students the conceptual tools, research skills and critical methodologies they can apply to understanding contemporary political and policy debates—global, American, and Australian. It will complement other HSC subjects in the humanities and political sciences—regardless of whether they have an American focus—and will provide excellent preparation for humanities and political science at the university level.
The course consists of the following core modules:
This module introduces and examines foundational and enduring American beliefs, including American exceptionalism, the frontier, Manifest Destiny, the American dream, and freedom and equal opportunity for all.
This module discusses America as both a nation and an empire. It considers the rise of American imperialism and expansion; the migration and movement of peoples; borders, security, media, and technology.
This module discusses the impact of the founding ideas of republicanism, liberalism, and democracy on responses to economic crises, using the GFC and connecting it back to the Great Depression. It analyses the battles over the separation of church and state, and the relationship between conservatism, religion, and politics.
America: Prophecy, Power, Politics is endorsed as a one-unit option. The course is recognised by the Board of Studies as a Year 11 preliminary unit and forms part of a student’s final HSC record. Board Endorsed Courses are designed for high-achieving students to supplement and extend the HSC curriculum, though the results in these courses are not included in the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). The result for America: Prophecy, Power, Politics will appear on a student’s Record of Achievement and is worth one subject toward an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.
Contact hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour tutorial each week
Time: 4.00 – 7.00pm Tuesdays throughout Semester 1 (6 March to 9 Jun 2017)
Location: University of Sydney campus, Darlington (exact venue TBC)
The 2017 course cost for America: Prophecy, Power, Politics is $793. The University’s Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee is $110.25* (charged at part-time student rate).
Detailed information on the SSA fee is available at the University of Sydney website. The total fee of $903.25* is payable upon being accepted and enrolled into the course. See information about available scholarships below.
*Please note fees are indicative and subject to change.
The United States Studies Centre is offering two scholarships: one merit scholarship to a student with an outstanding academic record and one equity scholarship to a student who can demonstrate financial hardship and/or educational disadvantage.
All students who have applied before 30 November 2016 will be considered for a merit scholarship based on their principal’s report and school report. If students wish to be considered for an equity scholarship please email a statement addressing financial hardship and/or educational disadvantage to Jessica Regan at email@example.com or call 02 9351 7249.
Any student who has an interest in the topics covered and the ability and aptitude to undertake university-level study is welcome to apply. Only students who will commence Year 11 or Year 12 in 2017 may apply to enrol in the course.
Applications are assessed by the course convenor on the basis of a student’s past academic record and their school principal’s recommendation that the student has the capacity to meet the demands of the course. This takes into account a candidate’s potential to work at university-level and their ability to work both in a team and independently.
Applications for 2017 have now closed. Applications for the 2018 program will open in late 2017.
For more information contact:
Dr Anna Lebovic