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.

Don’t miss out – join one of WEA’s Spring 2016 courses, and discover the value and quality that have kept WEA going through the 100 years of its existence in Sydney. With over 15,000 students enrolling each year, WEA represents success, interest, involvement, friendship, social outlets, health, community, all packaged with the best tutors in Sydney!

Enjoy your Spring at WEA!

Michael Newton | Executive Director

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      • Classic Cities: York
        In 71 AD, the Roman Ninth Legion identified the natural advantage of the land in between the junction of the rivers Foss and Ouse. The Celts called it Eburacon 'the place where the yew trees grow' or 'the place belonging to Eburos'. Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and the Normans followed in developing York into the magnificent city it is today. We follow York’s progress through the ages and visit a number of its best known sites such as York Minster, Jorvik Centre and Clifford’s Tower.
      • Cruising in the Mediterranean
        If you have ever been on a cruise in the Mediterranean, or you’ve ever dreamed of going, you will enjoy this presentation. Newly-returned from another cruise, your tutor will help navigate through the available choices –large ship or small ship?; which combination of destinations?; which time of the year?; value-for-money tips and more and invite you to add your stories to the mix.
      • Human Rights Law: Legal and Public Policy Considerations for Australia and Beyond

        Held in Association with the Humans Rights Committee of the Law Society of NSW
        Convenor: Howard Bell

        Australia is entering into an exciting new age of legal and public policy growth. This newly developed course, taught by practising lawyers, human rights practitioners and policy campaigners is designed to provide comprehensive foundation knowledge of key human rights principles. It provides theoretical and practical knowledge on which students can build more detailed knowledge of the fundamentals of human rights and social justice in the fields such as lawmaking, policy development and criminal justice. The course comprises a series eight weekly evening lectures along with notes to assist with further study in the field of human rights.


        • Week 1: Introduction to course and overview of human rights
        • Week 2: Refugees: the human rights of asylum seekers
        • Week 3: Security and Human Rights: Case study on Australia’s Counter Terror Laws
        • Week 4: NGOs and campaigning for human rights
        • Week 5: Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
        • Week 6: Criminal Justice and Human Rights
        • Week 7: Homelessness: issues, challenges and solutions
        • Week 8: Focus on several current human rights issues including a human rights act in Australia, a bill of rights and same sex marriages in Australia

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

        1. List the principles of human rights and state their application to law and public policy.
        2. Articulate the ways in which human rights compliance can lead to better legal and procedural outcomes for vulnerable social groups and individuals.
        3. Discuss the human rights impact on current issues locally and around the world
        4. List considerations relevant to a simple campaign on a human rights or social justice issue
        5. List the key elements for an action plan to raise human rights awareness
        6. Debate and discuss key human rights issues
        7. Recognise and consider options for addressing potential or actual breaches of human rights
        8. Develop and discuss options for enhancing human rights compliance locally and around the world.
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