About the Association
What is the Society and Culture Association?
The Society and Culture Association is an avenue for teachers and students to share resources and expertise. It provides a valuable network for teachers and students of Society and Culture throughout New South Wales. The Society and Culture Association was formed in October 1984, and became incorporated in February 1992.
Who belongs to the Society and Culture Association?
Teachers, students, academics, institutions are members of the Society and Culture Association Inc.
How is the Society and Culture Association organised?
The Society and Culture Association is run by a committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and 8 Committee members. The Committee is elected annually at the AGM, and meets monthly at the Professional Teachers Council meeting rooms adjacent to Leichhardt Public School.
Who does it aim to help?
From the outset the Association committee members aimed to help both teachers and involve students. Students may join at a reduced membership, and group membership is also available.
Assisting Teachers: Two outstanding inservice courses are organised each year (see our home page for details). The Association has also played a very important role in assisting country teachers, sending skilled teachers to country areas to provide advice and link them with other teachers around the state.
New teachers of the subject have been a particular concern of the Association and special programs have been arranged to help them link up with more experienced teachers.
Helping students: Each year PIP and HSC Study Days are organised for Year 12 students, and these are always well attended by students and teachers from Sydney, but also from regional schools. Typically over 900 students and 70 teachers travel to the Wesley Centre to hear valuable lectures and participate in seminars.
An annual Society and Culture Awards night is organised to reward students who received excellent results in the HSC Examination and in the Personal Interest Project.
Resource Production: The Association has been very active in its resource production over the years, providing teachers with a variety of resources related to the Depth Studies, the Preliminary Course and offering valuable advice on undertaking the Personal Interest Project, as well as providing examination questions.
The journal of the Association - Culturescope - has provided teachers with stimulating articles, suggestions for a variety of teaching methodologies, recommendations for resources and excursions. Other features include frequently asked questions from our Hotmail 'Dear Pippa' web site.
Over the years, the Association has demonstrated its commitment to the rigour of the curriculum, and members have responded to the innovative features of the course with enthusiasm.
Why not become a member?
The subject Society and Culture was introduced as a Year 11 subject in 1985, and was first examined at HSC level in 1986. The process of developing a curriculum began in 1978 with the first Syllabus Committee, chaired by Dr David Dufty, meeting in 1981.
A number of academic committee members and consultants assisted in ensuring that the syllabus was characterised by rigour, sound content and appropriate methodologies. These included:
- Prof. Sol Encel, (Sociology) University of NSW
- Dr Chris Deer of Macquarie University (now Prof. of Teacher Education UTS)
- Dr Bob Young, Dr David Dufty and A/Prof David Smith in the Faculty of Education at University of Sydney
- Dr Terry Lovat, now Dean of Education of Newcastle University
- Prof. Colin Tatz, (Politics) Macquarie University
- Dr Ben Tipton (Economic History) University of Sydney
- Dr Raja Jayaraman (Asian History) University of New England
- Mr Donald Boland (Philosophy) Aquinas Academy
- Dr Robert Hill (Social Education) Mitchell CAE, now Charles Sturt University, Bathurst
Thoughts at that time....
The course addresses the realities of students coping with living in and understanding a changing world. It offers a creative combination of subject matter and skills, with a mandatory intercultural dimension. Because it accepts as legitimate personal experience to be part of the acquisition of the knowledge and identity, it helps to bridge the crisis in understanding now evident in human relations in the world of the late 20th century.
Interdisciplinary courses such as Society and Culture are most appropriate for teaching and learning methodologies that are placing more and more emphasis on the use of the Internet, associated technology and individual student research.
The social research skills that students gain through doing their Personal Interest Projects have, in the opinion of many former students, been the single most important benefit that they have taken with them from secondary schools to university.