Crossing the East-West Divide

This is an historical ‘portrait’ study showing in broad outline the emergence of modern civilisation over the past 10,000 years, beginning in Mesopotamia, spreading throughout Western Asia and across to China and finally, after several millennia of development, flowing across to the West from China and Western Asia to spark the Agricultural and Industrial revolutions and the Renaissance, the forerunner of our modern civilisation. This interchange and interdependence has produced an interacting global system of scientific and economic complementary and cultural symbiosis.


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
Margaret White


Supplied Course Material
M White, Crossing the East-West Divide: An analytical and historical portrait of Eastern influence on Western Thinking
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
6 units / $54 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D168


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.


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