Support the research projects of HSC students

The Department of Gender and Culture Studies at the University of Sydney has designed a unique program for high school students in New South Wales, who study culture and society in their final year. This program is part of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences community outreach activity, which recently expanded to include a high school discussion series that supports learning for students and teachers.

In New South Wales, the Higher School Certificate (HSC) is the highest qualification obtained for secondary school students, with assessments and exams counting towards the final grade. Students devote considerable effort to their HSC subjects, and in Society and Culture, the program calls upon students to undertake a Personal Interest Project (PIP), of value 40% of their rating.

The Department of Gender and Culture Studies – part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) – is home to internationally renowned academics and a strong postgraduate community whose research includes cultural policy, diversity , environment, identity, gender, sexuality, and privacy.

In collaboration with teachers of society and culture, the department designed a PIP consultation program to connect HSC students with our doctoral “experts” in order to provide personalized support and advice for their PIP projects.

High school students can interview our people within the department who have been carefully tailored to their PIP topics, in one-on-one 15-minute virtual consultations. Students can use their time for an interview with an expert, a topic discussion, or a project design consultation. Participants reported a wide variety of benefits of consultations, including learning new ideas and perspectives, finding additional resources, understanding their topic better, building confidence in their project, and connecting with doctoral students. who work in close collaboration with the main heads of the department, researchers and academic experts.

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