Educating the Nation: The Humanities in the New Australian Curriculum

17 November 2011, Law School, University of Melbourne

The humanities disciplines are foundational to the new Australian Curriculum. The Academy's 42nd Annual Symposium explored the future of humanities education in Australia, and the challenges and opportunities presented by the new curriculum for humanities research and teaching at all levels.

Questions explored included:
  • What experience of the humanities is envisaged for our future citizens?
  • What interest in the humanities will be stimulated among Australia’s young people? What skills will they bring to university, further training or the workforce from the disciplines, and the discipline, of the humanities?
  • Who are Australia’s future scholars, researchers and teachers in all the disciplines of the humanities, and what encouragement is being offered to them to pursue a widely based and rich encounter with human knowledge?
  • How has the Australian nation been formed through schooling and how does this compare internationally?


A programme is available [.pdf, 180KB]

Discipline Panels, 18 November 2011

On Friday 18 November the Academy hosted a series of discipline panel meetings at the Law School, University of Melbourne.

These roundtables were funded by the Academy’s ARC-Learned Academies Special Project, Humanities Connections, which aims to enhance the effectiveness of Australian humanities scholarship by improving connections between emerging scholars and senior figures; Australian humanities policymakers and their colleagues abroad; leading disciplinary figures across the country; and research policy experts and those responsible for humanities development.

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