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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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Exploring the Bible as Literature

The King James Bible of 1611 was produced by a committee; it is a translation from three ancient languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Koiné Greek. Its 66 ‘books’ have multiple authors, were written over many centuries and include a variety of literary forms, yet the work has remarkable artistic unity. Its phrases have become part of everyday language –... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>The King James Bible of 1611 was produced by a committee; it is a translation from three ancient languages, Hebrew, Aramaic and Koiné Greek. Its 66 ‘books’ have multiple authors, were written over

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29 Apr

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The Heroes We Love and the Villains We Love to Hate in Shakespeare's Great Plays

An introduction and exploration of the great heroes and the wicked villains who people some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. We will explore one play per week and unpack the motivation and speech of these charismatic characters. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>An introduction and exploration of the great heroes and the wicked villains who people some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. We will explore one play per week and unpack the motivation and

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29 Apr

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Philosophy of the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance

Enter into the strange world of the Medieval mind; walking with angels and beasts. Consider the literature of Dante, and sex and sin in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tale; alongside the contribution of Islamic and Jewish philosophy. In the area of Political philosophy, we will take a range of thinkers from Aquinas to Machiavelli, and examine the rise of the... [More]
$270 Limited / $243

<p>Enter into the strange world of the Medieval mind; walking with angels and beasts. Consider the literature of Dante, and sex and sin in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tale; alongside the contribution of

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30 Apr

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Modern Waves of Political Islam, Geopolitics & Liberalism

An overview of modern waves of political Islam and their diverse ideological influences including a review of the ideologies of key Islamist thinker and movement, and highlighting internal tensions within them. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>An overview of modern waves of political Islam and their diverse ideological influences including a review of the ideologies of key Islamist thinker and movement, and highlighting internal tensions

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03 May

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Energy: Uses, Sources, and Environmental Impacts

One of the major contributors of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, with well-known impacts on climate, is our use of energy, especially electricity generation. Fortunately, the work of scientists and engineers is providing us with a range of far less polluting alternatives, especially those which we refer to as renewables. In this course you will... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>One of the major contributors of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, with well-known impacts on climate, is our use of energy, especially electricity generation. Fortunately, the work of scientists

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05 May

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Introductory Quantum Physics

Quantum physics underpins all of modern science. We could not understand chemistry, biology, nuclear phenomena, computer chips, solar energy, etc. if we could not rely on quantum theory. In this short course, we shall explain the reasons for the birth of quantum physics, and describe some of the basic principles and concepts that form the... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>Quantum physics underpins all of modern science. We could not understand chemistry, biology, nuclear phenomena, computer chips, solar energy, etc. if we could not rely on quantum theory. In this

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06 May

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Barbarians at the Gate: Challenges to the Roman Empire from Ancient to Modern Times

The Roman republic and the Roman empire thrived for over 700 years, despite significant challenges to its authority by a series of non Romans, deemed barbarians by the ruling Roman elites. A large number of barbarian charismatic leaders were among the challengers, including, Hannibal, Vercingetorix, Boudicca, Mithridates, Jugurtha, Zenobia, Alaric... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>The Roman republic and the Roman empire thrived for over 700 years, despite significant challenges to its authority by a series of non Romans, deemed barbarians by the ruling Roman elites. A large

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10 May

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An Armchair Guide to the Ancient World

We visit the British Museum, the New York Metropolitan, the Louvre, Berlin’s Museum Island and the Cairo Museum concentrating on objects from the ancient past. Each week, we will visit a different museum examining 10 objects from the ancient world, some of them well known, others obscure, all of them fascinating. Some of the items include the... [More]
$166 Limited / $149

<p>We visit the British Museum, the New York Metropolitan, the Louvre, Berlin’s Museum Island and the Cairo Museum concentrating on objects from the ancient past. Each week, we will visit a different

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11 May

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The Great Voyage of Ferdinand Magellan

There is no doubt that the greatest voyage in western maritime history is the first circumnavigation of the world by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano. Five vessels, all painted black, and known as the 'Armada de Moluccas' departed Spain in August 1519 seeking to find a route around South America to the Pacific Ocean and then to the... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>There is no doubt that the greatest voyage in western maritime history is the first circumnavigation of the world by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano. Five vessels, all painted black,

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12 May

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The Art of Joseph Lycett and John Lewin: A Visual Window into the Aboriginal Cultures of NSW

The Lycett Album by convict artist, Joseph Lycett, consists of 20 watercolour and gouache paintings, showing the life and country of Aboriginal peoples from the Newcastle and Sydney districts. The ten hand-painted aquatint prints, Field Sports of the Native Inhabitants of NSW, reproduced by John Heaviside Clark - after what are now believed to be... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>The Lycett Album by convict artist, Joseph Lycett, consists of 20 watercolour and gouache paintings, showing the life and country of Aboriginal peoples from the Newcastle and Sydney districts. The

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13 May

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