The Pillars of Hercules: Theroux in the Mediterranean

Paul Theroux has written some of travel literature’s most famous and respected books. In this course, we join him on a wander around the countries facing the Mediterranean Sea, travelling from the Rock of Gibraltar to the southern shores of Morocco, visiting bullfights, bazaars, medieval villages and ancient ruins, development sites and war ravaged towns in areas such as Sicily, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel and Tunisia.


Independent Study Discussion Courses are for study by groups without a tutor, so there is no need to write reports. These courses were written by tutors who have now since retired from the Discussion Group Program. Some courses were written a number of years ago, and therefore contain references to events which are now more historical than current, however, all are entertaining, well-produced and worthwhile.


Course Author
Michael Newton


Supplied Course Material
P Theroux, The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
4 units / $44 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D127


Getting Started
1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. There are many existing groups that welcome new members. If you wish to start a new group to suit your situation WEA can help you, please note that a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
2. Arrange the meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.


How to Enrol
1. First check the availability of your selection by contacting WEA Sydney. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices).
2. Indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.
3. Download and fill out a copy of the WEA Sydney Discussion Group Program Enrolment Form and send it to the Discussion Group Co-ordinator to enrol.


Please note that additional postage (Cash on Delivery) for receiving course material will be required.