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The USA is a complex country and the United States are by no means united.  From Boston brahmins to southern rednecks and Midwest evangelical Christians the people are very different.  It has a history of noble ideals far too often not implemented, especially in its dealings with other countries.  This course will begin with the American rebels seeking support for European countries and especially France. We will go through the Westward expansion, the Indian Wars, wars with Mexico and Spain and world wars as well is its own civil war. Then to modern times and finally look at US/Australian relations. Most Australians do not understand the US and think Americans are just like us. But in the words of Sportin’ Life, “it ain’t necessarily so”.

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


Course Author: Cavan Hogue

Course Code: D255

Supplied Material: Course Booklet

Units & Pricing: 6 units / $78 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.