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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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The Works of Spinoza

One of the towering philosophers of the 17th century, and described by Bertrand Russell as “the noblest and most lovable of all the great philosophers”; Spinoza’s work investigates some of the deepest questions of philosophy; he made significant contributions to understanding the human mind, the emotions, moral philosophy and politics. This... [More]
$270 Limited / $243

<p>One of the towering philosophers of the 17th century, and described by Bertrand Russell as “the noblest and most lovable of all the great philosophers”; Spinoza’s work investigates some of the

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21 Apr

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Philosophy of Democracy

Astra Taylor (2019) quipped that 'Democracy may not exist but we will miss it when it’s gone': a timely remark in the current world situation. Study the philosophical and historical roots of Democratic systems; why they emerge and why they falter. We will discuss the core elements which make a Democracy ‘democratic’, and then test various kinds of... [More]
$270 Limited / $243

<p>Astra Taylor (2019) quipped that 'Democracy may not exist but we will miss it when it’s gone': a timely remark in the current world situation. Study the philosophical and historical roots of

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24 Apr

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Practical Strategies for Managing in Challenging Times

All of a sudden from one week to the next, the impact of Covid-19 is being experienced by us all, directly or indirectly. This interactive seminar series takes a group on a journey through six key topics to explore and implement practical skills and support strategies us as we find our way in this fast changing landscape. DELIVERY MODE This class... [More]
$153 Limited / $138

<p>All of a sudden from one week to the next, the impact of Covid-19 is being experienced by us all, directly or indirectly. This interactive seminar series takes a group on a journey through six key

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27 Apr

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Great Plays of the Theatre Unpacked

Meet some seminal plays that have shaped theatre history. Meet the writers and what prompted them to write these great plays. Meet the characters and unpack their speeches and motivations. Discover the themes that drive the plays and find out about how they could or should be staged. COURSE OUTLINE Introducing theatre through classic tragedy and... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Meet some seminal plays that have shaped theatre history. Meet the writers and what prompted them to write these great plays. Meet the characters and unpack their speeches and motivations. Discover

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28 Apr

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How to Look at Italian Art

Grab a cup of coffee and sit down to look at Italian masterpieces in detail, from Roman mosaics through to the Renaissance, Baroque and dynamic Futurists. Before each session you’ll be provided with a short video lecture introducing the week’s image in context; a written summary of that presentation; and a primary source that sheds more light on... [More]
$270 Limited / $243

<p>Grab a cup of coffee and sit down to look at Italian masterpieces in detail, from Roman mosaics through to the Renaissance, Baroque and dynamic Futurists. Before each session you’ll be provided

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30 Apr
$270 Limited / $243

<p>Grab a cup of coffee and sit down to look at Italian masterpieces in detail, from Roman mosaics through to the Renaissance, Baroque and dynamic Futurists. Before each session you’ll be provided

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01 May

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Nazism: Rise and Success, 1923-1939

How did the Nazis come to power in Germany? How did they consolidate their success? How successful was propaganda? What really were Nazism’s goals and how did they realise them in peacetime before World War II? This course seeks to examine these and other questions, with attention both to how people lived in Germany under Nazism and to the ways... [More]
$250 Limited / $225

<p>How did the Nazis come to power in Germany? How did they consolidate their success? How successful was propaganda? What really were Nazism’s goals and how did they realise them in peacetime

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01 May

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Joseph Mallord William Turner - the sun is God!

Turner is arguably the greatest English painter ever to have lived. The immensely broad output of his work encompassed both the age of sail, which he was born into, and the age of steam, which brought about major changes he lived through. He was also an artist who took seriously the President of the Royal Academy, Joshua Reynolds' call to establish... [More]
$49 $35 Limited

<p>Turner is arguably the greatest English painter ever to have lived. The immensely broad output of his work encompassed both the age of sail, which he was born into, and the age of steam, which

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01 May

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Seeking Treasure in Secret Gardens: Nesbit, Burnett and Webster

The Golden Age of Children’s Literature featured many female writers who had a profound impact on the girl readers of the twentieth century, including Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden), Edith Nesbit (The Treasure Seekers), and Jean Webster (Daddy Long Legs). It is perhaps not surprising that each of these women was strong, interesting,... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The Golden Age of Children’s Literature featured many female writers who had a profound impact on the girl readers of the twentieth century, including Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden),

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02 May

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A History of Poland

Poland boasts a colourful history. Home to the first Christianised Slavic peoples. Once a powerful Kingdom stretching from “Sea to Sea”, Poland was carved up by the neighbouring powers and finally territorially shifted westwards. Present-day Poland is the third attempt at establishing a republic. Follow the twists and turns through a millennium of... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Poland boasts a colourful history. Home to the first Christianised Slavic peoples. Once a powerful Kingdom stretching from “Sea to Sea”, Poland was carved up by the neighbouring powers and finally

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04 May

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First Settler Hawkesbury Women: Fortunes Up, Fortunes Down

The Hawkesbury was a crucible for the clash over resources between Aboriginal peoples, and the penal settlement. How did colonial women fit into this struggle for survival? We look at 3 women: Margaret Catchpole, who, although unschooled, sent letters to England which have survived and give a vivid picture of everyday life at the time; Sarah... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>The Hawkesbury was a crucible for the clash over resources between Aboriginal peoples, and the penal settlement. How did colonial women fit into this struggle for survival? We look at 3 women:

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06 May

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