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 Winter 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!

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Michael Newton | Executive Director

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      • Hands-On The Universe

        In this hands-on introductory course we will consider some of the exciting concepts of modern astronomy such as the birth and death of stars, the search for life and the mysterious dark matter that permeates the Universe. With the help of a suitable torch and a star map that you will receive, in this practical course you will learn how to find your way around the winter night sky. What can you see in the night sky apart from the Moon and planets and how do you find them? How can you take your own stunning photographs of the night sky? There is also time to view through Sydney Observatory’s telescopes.

        Meeting 1: What’s up in the Winter Sky? Tutor: Melissa Hulbert
        Practical night: What can be seen in the winter sky? What does the brightness and colours of the stars tell us? We also take a look at amateur astronomy and the roles amateurs play in astronomy.

        Meeting 2: Lives of the Bright and Explosive Tutor: Andrew Jacob
        The formation of stars; the structure of stars; the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram; the evolution of stars; the main sequence; red giants; planetary nebulae; supernovae; white dwarfs; neutron stars; black holes.

        Meeting 3: Cosmology Tutor: Des Barrett
        Theories of the origin of the Universe; the big bang theory; redshifts; the three degree background radiation; the inflationary Universe.

        Meeting 4: Galaxies and Extra Terrestrial Life Tutor: Andrew Jacob
        A look at galactic and extra galactic objects such as clusters; nebulae; the Milky Way; the Magellanic Clouds; galaxies. What catalogues can we use to find these objects? We also discuss life in the universe – is it there and can we find it?

        Meeting 5: Say Cheese! Imaging the Night Sky Tutor: Melissa Hulbert
        How to take images of the night sky and the Sun. What equipment do you need? What is the difference between webcams, DSLRs and CCDs and which is right for you? How do you process your images?

        Meeting 6: Early Western Astronomy Tutor: Des Barrett
        A survey of important ideas in astronomy, from Aristotle to Isaac Newton. The work of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton. Travel back in time to participate in recreations of some of astronomy’s most important ideas.

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

        1. List the main kinds of objects in the winter sky.
        2. Discuss the life histories of stars, galaxies and the Universe.
        3. Understand the main roles of amateurs in astronomy.
        4. Summarise the development of astronomical ideas.
        5. Understand astronomical catalogues and how to use them to find galactic and extra galactic objects.
        6. Discuss the origins of our Universe.
        7. Understand how to image the night sky and to process images for presentation.
      • Politics at Lunchtime: From Fidel Castro to Obama: Cuba and the USA - A Strange Relationship
        After the fall of the Battista regime and Fidel Castro’s and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s successful guerilla warfare and seize of power in 1959, America has maintained a rigid economic embargo on Cuba. The bilateral relations reached an historic low during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, which brought the world to the brink of a nuclear confrontation between the two superpowers USA and the Soviet Union, and a possible World War III. Starting in 1961, with the failed Bay of Pigs invasion by Cuban expatriates, there has also been a number of unsuccessful assassination attempts by the CIA against Castro. Only in 2002 have the extremely difficult relations between both countries taken a slightly promising positive turn with a landmark goodwiil visit to Cuba by former US President Carter. Now US President Obama and the new Cuban President Raul Castro, after publicly shaking hands during a conference in 2015, are trying to set a new course in motion to resume and restore ties between the two countries.
      • The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Cyprus
        In association with the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney.

        Course Location: Nicholson Museum, around the Quadrangle and Clock Tower, Main Campus, University of Sydney.

        Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, has a rich cultural heritage of over 10,000 years. Positioned between the East and the West, the island has a long tradition of adapting styles from Greece, Anatolia, the Levantine coast and Egypt to create a distinctive and new Cypriot form in ceramics, sculpture and terracottas. The archaeologically rich country has a long tradition of Australian scholars exploring the island since the 1930s. This study explores that rich legacy and the current issues in the study of the ancient history of this fascinating country.

        Archaeologist Dr Craig Barker, using artefacts in the collection of the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney will explore the art and the archaeology of the island birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty.

        Directions to the Nicholson Museum:
        The closest bus stops are on Parramatta Road at the corner of the University and Victoria Park, or at the Footbridge. (buses 412, 413, 435, 438, 440, 461, 480 & 483). The closest train stations are Central and Redfern (20 – 25 minutes' walk). Parking on campus is limited. Parking fees apply.


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