Table1: Teaching the Armenian Genocides as part of the NSW Board of Studies History Syllabus

The table below identifies the five courses of the NSW Board of Studies History Syllabus and the corresponding aspects of Armenian Genocide history which are suitable for incorporation into these courses. To assist with the teaching of Armenian Genocide studies, the table also provides links to student exercises and various multimedia resources for each of these courses.

1. Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10)

Syllabus Armenian Genocide Aspects
Topic 1 Australia to 1914
The composition of Australia’s population at Federation Armenian, Greek, Assyrian migration to Australia before 1914
Topic 2 Australia and World War I
  • Australia’s involvement in World War I
Australian POWs as witnesses to Armenian, Greek, Assyrian Genocides
Topic 3 Australia between the Wars
  • Australia’s involvement in World War I
One of the Australians involved in the Near East Relief/Save the Children Fund:
  • Edith Glanville
  • Reverend James E. Cresswell
  • Professor Alexander Leeper
One of the Australians involved in humanitarian relief work in Greece:
  • Sydney Loch and Joice NanKivell Loch
Topic 6 Changing Rights and Freedoms
Group a migrant group in post-WWII period Second and third generation descendants of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocide survivors

2. Stage 5 Elective History (Years 9 and 10)

Topic 1 Constructing History
Biography Survivors’ accounts
Family History Example: Thea Halo Not Even My Name
Film as History Documentary film such as Screamers Commercial film such as Ararat Archival footage of genocide survivors reaching safety in Greece, 1920s
Historical Fiction Example: Franz Werfel Forty Days at Musa Dagh
Heritage and Conservation Conservation and other issues surrounding the physical heritage of the indigenous Armenian, Greek and Assyrian populations of Anatolia and the European Jewish communities.
History and the Media Australian media coverage of the Jewish Holocaust and the Armenian, Greek, Assyrian Genocides
Local History Jewish Holocaust and Armenian, Greek, Assyrian Genocide memorials around Australia
Museum and/or Archives Studies Genocide museums in Israel, Armenia, Greece and the United States
A history website/CD-ROM Armenian Genocide Education Website Australia
Armenian Genocide Education Project
Topic 2 Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Societies
The Ottoman Empire Devshirme (child tax);
Periodic pogroms and massacres;
Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides;
Topic 3 Thematic Studies
Religious Beliefs and Rituals through the Ages Ottoman Islamic theology regarding Christian and Jewish subjects
School-developed study Various aspects of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides

3. Stage 6 – Preliminary (Year 11) Modern History

A11 The failure of the League of Nations
Structure, goals and membership of the League of Nations early successes of the League the Corfu Incident and the Greco-Bulgarian dispute as examples of problems in decision-making reasons for the League’s failure Responses of League of Nations to Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides:
  • Mandate for Armenia
  • Exchange of Greco-Turkish Populations' 1922-25
  • Failure to address future of Assyrians
  • Australians in the League of Nations: Commissioner for Refugees in northern Greece, Colonel George Devine Treloar; delegate Eleanor Vokes Mackinnon addresses by Edith Glanville

4. Stage 6 – Higher School Certificate (Year 12) History Extension

Major Project Possible topic areas
Students are required to undertake their own study of a historical debate. Causes of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides; Australian evidence for the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides, Australian responses to the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides, Denial of the Armenian, Greek and Assyrian Genocides.

5. Stage 6 – Higher School Certificate (Year 12) Modern History

Part II: National Study. Options include:
Germany 1918–1939
USA 1919–1941
Jewish Holocaust; other genocides Isolation policy (especially regarding Greece, Armenia and the Assyrians)Evian Conference
Part III: 20th Century Personalities Options include:
Robert Menzies 1894–1978 Pre and post-war migration to Australia
Part IV: International Studies in Peace and Conflict
Arab–Israeli Conflict 1948–96 Armenian, Greek and Assyrian communities in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and broader Middle East
UN Peacekeepers 1946–2001 Response to genocidal situations, Genocide Convention, Rafael Lemkin