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    Aboriginal Studies HSC Major Project copying initiative
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    From 2007, selected major projects by students in the NSW Board of Studies Higher School Certificate Aboriginal Studies course are collected in digital form by the State Library of NSW.

    The Aboriginal Studies course is described in the NSW Board of Studies syllabus rationale as:

    "Aboriginal Studies is designed to foster intellectual, social and moral development by enabling students to think critically about the historical and contemporary experiences of Aboriginal peoples. Through this study students will develop a keen understanding and appreciation of the concepts of social justice and shared histories, and will critically examine their role as active and informed citizens.

    "Aboriginal history and culture are fundamental to the development of Australian identity. Aboriginal Studies acknowledges the contribution of Aboriginal cultures and communities to Australian society.

    "Aboriginal Studies seeks to provide a body of knowledge that is both accurate and unbiased. The course will provide students with ways of detecting and analysing bias in representations of Aboriginal peoples.

    "Aboriginal Studies is a unique experience for both Aboriginal students and non-Aboriginal students. Aboriginal students are provided with an opportunity for cultural affirmation and positive educational experiences while non-Aboriginal students are able to ‘learn together’ with Aboriginal peoples and communities. All students are encouraged to take an active role in the process of Reconciliation.

    "For all students, Aboriginal Studies provides a flexible structure to prepare for further education, training and employment. Students will develop analytical skills, the ability to pursue independent research and the ability to develop coherent arguments."

    The intention of the major project, according to the syllabus rationale, is:

    "The Major Project is to be a topic of the student’s own choice, negotiated with their teacher and Aboriginal community members, and should be related to the course. It will allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in acquiring, processing, communicating information, and participating in community consultation, as learned in the Preliminary course.

    "While the Major Project will be an original piece of work, published materials should be used to provide students with background information and raw data."
  • Scope and Content
    A logbook and supporting documents may accompany some projects
  • System of arrangement
    Projects are arranged by year of completion
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright - This collection has multiple rights owners
    Approval for reproduction required:
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy copyright holder
  • Original held by
    Originals were returned to the students after digitisation by the State Library of NSW, 2007-2009; digital copies acquired by State Library of NSW, 2010-
  • General note

    This collection may contain confidential, personal and/or culturally sensitive information. Members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are also advised that records may contain names and images of deceased people.
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