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From history to literature, philosophy to science there is so much to discover. WEA Sydney offers great value for money and the chance to study in a relaxed environment. Our central CBD location is Easily accessible by public transport, and our high-quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors; at WEA Sydney classmates quickly become friends!

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Existentialism: An Introduction

Jean-Paul Sartre proposes that: “Freedom is what we do with what is done to us... We are our choices”. Explore concepts such as The ‘authentic’ life; Existential ‘angst’; Human freedom; and The absurdity of existence. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction: In this opening week we will define Existentialism and introduce the major concepts: freedom; angst;... [More]
$270 Limited / $243

<p>Jean-Paul Sartre proposes that: “Freedom is what we do with what is done to us... We are our choices”. Explore concepts such as The ‘authentic’ life; Existential ‘angst’; Human freedom; and The

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08 Oct

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The Essence of Shakespeare - Eight More Great Plays Unpacked

This course celebrates and explores eight memorable Shakespearean plays unpacking their poetry, plots, characters and language. This course offers eight plays to follow on from The Best of Shakespeare but is a stand-alone course so novices and lovers of Shakespeare, alike, are welcome. Come meet the Bard and some of his memorable plays. COURSE... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>This course celebrates and explores eight memorable Shakespearean plays unpacking their poetry, plots, characters and language. This course offers eight plays to follow on from The Best of

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14 Oct

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The Rise of the English Novel

This course explores the fascinating journey and rich diversity of the history and development of the English novel from being the second cousin to drama and poetry in the 1700s to become the dominant literary form of modern times. Journey across the centuries and the genres to delve into the great novelists and novels of the English speaking world... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>This course explores the fascinating journey and rich diversity of the history and development of the English novel from being the second cousin to drama and poetry in the 1700s to become the

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14 Oct

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Iran from Ancient Times to Modern Theocracy

As part of Ancient Persia, Iran shared in the greatness of the great empires of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. But, after the Muslim advance out of Arabia, it became an Islamic state, following the minority Shi’ite belief. This has had a profound effect on modern times, with Iran being a theocracy since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Today it is a... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>As part of Ancient Persia, Iran shared in the greatness of the great empires of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. But, after the Muslim advance out of Arabia, it became an Islamic state, following the

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17 Oct

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Rome: From Italy to Empire

By 275 BC, Rome had conquered the states of Italy and was poised to take on the north African state of Carthage for dominance in the Mediterranean. Rome would go on to face down one of history’s greatest generals, Hannibal. The development of Rome’s empire had enormous implications for her republican political system. By 44 BC, the Roman Republic... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>By 275 BC, Rome had conquered the states of Italy and was poised to take on the north African state of Carthage for dominance in the Mediterranean. Rome would go on to face down one of history’s

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17 Oct

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Dictators Who Changed History

Starting with the Austrian born ‘Führer’, Adolf Hitler, look at the lives and impact of five infamous dictators: Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union during World War II; the Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini, the Spanish General and Francisco Franco and, last but not least, the Cuban communist revolutionary Fidel Castro. COURSE OUTLINE... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>Starting with the Austrian born ‘Führer’, Adolf Hitler, look at the lives and impact of five infamous dictators: Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union during World War II; the Italian Fascist

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17 Oct

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The Panorama of Philosophy: Philosophy, Truth and Revealed Truth

Between the rise of Christianity and the Scientific Revolution of the 16th century, philosophy remained the handmaiden of theology. We trace the re-emergence of philosophy and the emancipation of science, down to the great political revolutions that changed Western Civilisation. No prior knowledge of Part I and Part II required. SUGGESTED READING... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Between the rise of Christianity and the Scientific Revolution of the 16th century, philosophy remained the handmaiden of theology. We trace the re-emergence of philosophy and the emancipation of

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17 Oct

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Classical Western Political Theory: Inspecting the Foundations

Western Political Theory today rests heavily on foundational contributions. We explore key themes of power, democracy, social justice, freedom, property, rights, secularisation, and stability & change as understood and expounded by some of the ‘greats’ of Western analytical political thought. SUGGESTED READING Cranston,M (ed.) (1964) Western... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Western Political Theory today rests heavily on foundational contributions. We explore key themes of power, democracy, social justice, freedom, property, rights, secularisation, and stability &

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18 Oct
Please be aware that there is a two week break between sessions 1- 5 and 6-8 of this course. The dates are therefore: October 18 & 25, November 1, 8 &15, and December 6, 13 & 20.

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Engineering the Way to the Moon

We have heard much of the human effort required to get man to the moon, but this talk will focus on the technology. We allow handling a wide range of space materials, to see what makes a good metal, composite, insulation etc. The design of all the subsystems will be described in everyday terms – including structure, rocket fuels, life support, and... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

We have heard much of the human effort required to get man to the moon, but this talk will focus on the technology. We allow handling a wide range of space materials, to see what makes a good metal,

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19 Oct

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Discover Sydney's Contemporary Art Galleries

Discover Sydney’s fabulous and ever changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a hub of diverse venues from major galleries to unexpected spaces tucked away in hidden corners and laneways. Meet gallerists, curators and artists, learn... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>Discover Sydney’s fabulous and ever changing art scene and get an insider’s view into its stunning art precincts with their colourful surroundings. Each walk is specially designed to take you to a

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19 Oct

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