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NSW Syllabuses

Organisation of content

Content defines what students are expected to know and do as they work towards syllabus outcomes. It provides the foundations for students to successfully progress to the next stage of schooling or post-school opportunities.

Teachers will make decisions about content regarding the sequence, emphasis and any adjustments required based on the needs, interests, abilities and prior learning of students.

Content in Stage 6 syllabuses defines learning expectations that may be assessed in Higher School Certificate examinations.

The following diagram provides an illustrative representation of elements of the course and their relationship.

The organisation of content diagram consists of a central circle surrounded by two rings. The central circle shows the Historiography questions: Who are historians? What are the purposes of history? How has history been constructed, recorded and presented over time? Why have approaches to history changed over time? The first ring is divided into two halves. The top half shows Constructing History – Key Questions and the lower half shows Constructing History – Case Studies. The outer ring shows History Project – an area of changing historical investigation.