Planning, programming and assessing society and culture

Resources to help you plan, program and assess society and culture in Years 11-12.

Society and culture allows students to develop an understanding of the key concepts of persons, societies, cultures, environments and time – the relationships between and among them.

Additional concepts of the society and culture course are:

  • power
  • authority
  • identity
  • gender
  • technologies
  • globalisation.

Students also complete a personal interest project (PIP) to demonstrate social and cultural research methods about a topic of interest.

Society and Culture Stage 6 Syllabus (2013) contains the syllabus, a specimen exam and HSC rubrics as well as past papers and marking guidelines.


Use the resources below as stand-alone or to supplement your existing programs. They can also provide ideas about a variety of teaching strategies and ways to approach teaching controversial issues.


The Personal Interest Project teacher guide (DOCX 166 KB) – supports new teachers to the subject through the social and cultural research process. It provides advice on how to choose appropriate social and cultural research methods while demonstrating the IGASAR research inquiry model. The guide is divided into three teaching phases ‘ask’, ‘do’ and ‘act’. It supports the implementation of the Personal Interest Project over several terms as part of the Stage 6 society and culture course.'

Society and culture HSC revision resource (DOCX 85 KB) – supports students in their studies as they prepare for the HSC exam. The included activities can be used as part of classroom learning or set for independent study. The resource is designed to be used in part or in full to fit the contextual needs of your teaching.

HSC hub

The HSC hub contains quality resources aligned to NSW syllabuses. Access resources designed by our curriculum experts to support the delivery of HSIE subjects in the lead-up to the HSC examinations.

Society and culture-success in the written examination

30min presentation with tips for studying and completing the written examination.

HSC hub - Society and culture-success in the written examination


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