HSC Enrichment Day - Geography and Society & Culture

HSC Enrichment Day educates students in key areas of the HSC syllabus, curriculum development and examination techniques. Hosted by our academics alongside highly experienced HSC teachers, students will be taught how to best use materials and prepare for their HSC exams.

This event is aimed at students who are intrested in pursuing further studies in the areas of Geography and Society & Culture. 

Students will also have the option to sit a 60 minute exam with the unique opportunity to secure an early offer into one of our Geography or Society & Culture related degrees. 

What can students expect at HSC Enrichment Day?

Event Details

When: Friday 23rd August 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
Cost: $33.00 (inclusive of GST) per student. Teachers are free with student registrations. Free lunch is provided.
Where: Western Sydney University, Kingswood Campus

Secure An Early Offer

This exam will expect students to apply knowledge that they have learnt during the day and in class. Please note, we do not expect students to study for this exam prior as the focus is mainly on the content provided to them on the day as well as their ability to satisfactorily respond to exam style questions.

If students satisfy the exam requirements, they could be eligible for a conditional offer into one of six related degree programs at Western Sydney University:

  • Bachelor of Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Planning (Pathway to Master of Urban Management and Planning)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (with Anthropology, Geography and Urban Studies, Heritage, Peace and Development, or Sociology majors)
  • Students who perform well will be eligible for an offer into the Bachelor of Social Science (Advanced) program
Presenter Bios

Kevin is the Dean of the School of Social Science and Psychology and Professor in Human Geography and Urban Studies. He commenced this position in May 2008. He was formerly at the University of NSW (1995–2008), and the University of Newcastle (1991–1995). His areas of research include: immigration and settlement; Islam in Australia; the geographies of racism; and local government and multiculturalism. He teaches cultural and social geography, migration and urban studies. Recent books include Landscapes: Ways of Imagining the World (2003) and Introducing Human Geography: Globalisation, Difference and Inequality (2000). Kevin is a graduate of Cambridge Park High School in western Sydney.

Dr Jenna Condie - Urban Places Case - Studies

Jenna is a Lecturer in Digital Research and Online Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. With psychology as a base, she traverses a range of disciplines, residing in the Anthropology and Sociology workgroup and the Urban Research Program, while teaching cyberpsychology and digital research methods across the Psychology and Social Sciences disciplines. Jenna co-leads the Travel in the Digital Age (TinDA)project, which examines the intersections of travel/transport, technology and mobile lives.

Dr Felicity Picken

Dr Felicity Picken is a lecturer in tourism and heritage within the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. She has a number of research strengths including post-industrial urban regeneration with a focus on heritage, urban design and architecture, lifestyle migration, the beach as a transformative place and the social and cultural coordinates of tourism. All of her research is underpinned by the principles of social and environmental sustainability.

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch is a Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University. In 2007, Sebastian received his PhD (summa cum laude) in forest ecosystem science from the University of Freiburg, Germany. In his research he investigates the effects of global change and extreme climate evens on plant and ecosystem functioning. In his role as Research Theme Fellow he applies his knowledge to urban ecosystems to reveal the potential of trees to mitigate effects of global warming. Sebastian uses his research to inform government agencies, politicians, industry and the public how to ‘future-proof’ today’s management of urban green infrastructure.

Sharon McLean

Sharon has taught in a variety of boys and girls secondary schools teaching History and Geography and has been at Saint Ignatius' College for thirteen years and the Head of Geography for ten years. During her teaching career she has been the Convener of the NSW Catholic Trial Examination Committee and also a member of the Geography Teachers Council where she has also held the position of Vice-President. Sharon has received the Geography Teachers Association Brock Rowe Award for teaching and the NSW Professional Teachers Council award for services to Geography. Sharon is a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, in Western Sydney.

Dr Garth Lean

Garth Lean is a Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. He researches travel, tourism and new technologies, and is the co-lead of ‘Travel in the Digital Age’ (TinDA – www.tindaproject.com), an interdisciplinary group of researchers working at the intersections of mobile lives and technology. 

Garth is the School of Social Science and Psychology’s Student Transitions, Achievement, Retentions and Success (STARS) Academic Coordinator, and a Vice President of The Geographical Society of New South Wales.

Dr John McGuire - Popular Culture

John is a lecturer in sociology. John's research background is in analysing popular culture to explore the ideologies, values and norms that are consciously and unconsciously reinforced and challenged in everyday popular culture. 

Dr Kathleen Openshaw - Belief Systems & Ideologies


Professor Andrew McWilliam - Social & Cultural Continuity & Change

Dr Andrew McWilliam is a specialist in the anthropology of Insular Southeast Asia and was worked extensively in Indonesia and East Timor. He also maintains active applied research interests in Northern Australia with a focus on native title and indigenous cultural heritage.

Dr Geir Henning Presterudstuen - Social & Cultural Continuity & Change

Geir is a Social Anthropologist and early career fellow at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. He has conducted long-term ethnographic research in Fiji since 2009, and has published several journal articles and book chapters on his main research interests which include economic anthropology, post-colonialism and processes of ethnic and gendered self-identification at the interface of notions of tradition and modernity in Pacific communities.