Partners in Pre-Eminence

This course will look at couples who made their mark in their time focusing particularly on what they achieved in their years together. The couples whose lives we will cover are: Robert Schumann, German composer, and his wife Clara, pianist; Marie Curie, Polish radio-activity researcher, and her husband Pierre, French physicist; Sidney Webb (Baron Passfield), British economist and socialist, and his wife Beatrice, his collaborator; George Johnston, Australian novelist and journalist, and his second wife, Charmian Clift, writer and columnist.


Course Tutor
Allison Halliday


Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
5 units / $68 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D132


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. Please note 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.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. 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). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.