Society and culture

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.

The NESA society and culture page 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 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’ and strongly supports the implementation of the Personal Interest Project over several terms for the duration of the Stage 6 society and culture course.

Society and culture HSC revision resource (86.6KB) - use this to support 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.

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