With over 300 courses available, there’s something for everyone, from learning practical skills such as a foreign language or in an art or writing program, to discovering more about the world of the past in one of our many history courses. Our IT courses have a terrific range for those who need to brush up on their computer skills, manage a small business, keep up with the kids or web design. Learn to be a better manager, gain training qualifications, become a master public speaker – all in our Business and Training program.

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      • Australian Politics - What Do the Elections Tell Us?
        Will the outcome of the Federal elections change anything? In recent years we have gone through a period of instability and infighting in both major parties. Can the election result change this or do the rifts run too deep? This course will look at the election in the context of broader trends in Australian society and politics.
      • Germany, France and The American Challenge after the World Wars

        The French journalist and politician Jean-Jacques Servan Schreiber warned in his 1967 bestseller Le Défi Américain (The American Challenge) that Europe, facing an overwhelming penetration of American goods, services and ideas, could become merely an economic colony of the United States. ‘American Challenge’ became also a slogan. This course will take a closer look at America’s cultural and economic influence on Germany and France after the First and Second World War.

        Using multimedia tools, we will explore and discuss America’s literature, music, Hollywood films and consumer goods, such as American cars, Coca Cola and refrigerators. We will embark on a journey to the ‘Crazy Years’ in France. In the 1920s Paris was A Feast for Life for Hemingway and the other Americans of the ‘Lost Generation’ in France. Berlin also conducted a love affair with all things American, attempting to model itself as Europe’s most modern city. There was Jazz in Berlin’s nightlife, also visits from Josephine Baker and Charlie Chaplin, and the popularity of the Bubikopf (bob) for the so-called ‘modern woman’. After 1945 occupied Germany and liberated France reacted in a different way to the American economic and cultural ‘invasion’.


        • Hemingway, Ernest, A Moveable Feast (New York: Scribner, 2010);
        • Kuisel, Richard F., Seducing the French (Berkeley: Univ. of California, 1993);
        • Nolan, Mary, The Transatlantic Century: Europe and America 1890-2010 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
        • Weitz, Erich D., Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (Princeton Univ., 2007).


        • The Interwar Years:
        • The ‘Lost Generation’ in the 1920s in the ‘City of Light’, Paris:
        • Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald and Josephine Baker, Man Ray etc. America’s influence on Weimar Germany in the 1920s.
        • Jazz and Hollywood movies, as well as the American economic policy – such as the Dawes and Young plans in 1924 and 1929 are further topics.
        • The German – American relationship in occupied Germany, and the different approach in liberated France under de Gaulle to the American Challenge will then be investigated and discussed.
        • Review: Were Germany and France ‘Americanized’ in the 20th century?

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Develop a better understanding of the transatlantic relationship between Germany, France and the United States after both World Wars.
        2. Understand America’s role and importance on Europe in the 20th century.
        3. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.
      • Introduction to your Digital SLR Camera Intensive

        The Digital SLR camera is a very sophisticated piece of equipment. It’s a shame to use it as just a “point and shoot”. Gain control of its amazing creative settings to develop greater technical skill and produce more satisfying, artistic photographs. Includes a 2 hour practical excursion to create landscape/portrait photographs using depth of field, focusing and exposure techniques. Practise shutter speed methods to freeze, blur and pan with action.


        • Camera Care. What is a camera? Camera obscura. Locate the most important controls. Mode Dial, F.Stops and Shutter Speeds for Manual Exposure. ISO. Reciprocity. F.Stop and Shutter Speed effects. Depth of Field. Depth of Field effects. Focus modes. Visual Display and discussion.
        • Focal length effects. White Balance. Picture Styles/Controls. Metering modes. The Histogram. Exposure. The Photographic Grey Card. Exposure Methods. 2hour practical assignment excursion on the 2nd day.

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Make more informed decisions regarding the Settings on your camera.
        2. Operate the camera more confidently and creatively in any Mode.
        3. Derive greater control, satisfaction and pleasure in taking photographs.
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