Living on the Edge - Life in Extreme Environments WEA Sydney

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What is it like to live in an extreme environment? In this course we will visit the highest, the coldest, the hottest, the wettest and the driest cities or towns on earth. How and why were these cities established, what it is like to live there and how do they survive in such an extreme environment? Finally, as we experience increasingly extreme weather here in Australia, is there anything we can learn from these places to help us live in our own changing environment? 

This is a Discussion Group course, if you aren’t already part of a group please see ‘Getting Started’ below.


Course Author: Sonya Thompson

Course Code: D252

Supplied Material: Fully illustrated Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 5 units / $68 per person


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.

Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.

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.

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.