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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 showing the Historical Concepts and Skills:  Causation, Continuity and change, Perspectives, Significance, Contestability, Analysis and use of sources, Historical interpretation, Historical investigation and research and Explanation and communication. The central circle is surrounded by a ring divided into the seven topics for the course. The Year 11 topics are: Investigating Modern History, Historical Investigation and The Shaping of the Modern World. The Year 12 topics are: Power and Authority in the Modern World, National Studies, Peace and Conflict, Personalities and Change in the Modern World.