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Circling Death: The Roman Arena

Arguably the most archetypical image of Rome is that of the gladiator fighting in the arena. The “sword and sandal” epics of popular culture often emphasise the amphitheatre as a place of Christian martyrdom – but how accurate is that image? What were the origins of these bloody spectator sports, who took part – and why? The answers may surprise... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Arguably the most archetypical image of Rome is that of the gladiator fighting in the arena. The “sword and sandal” epics of popular culture often emphasise the amphitheatre as a place of Christian

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18 Nov

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Iraq Since Saddam

The toppling of the Saddam regime was supposed to bring peace and stability, even democracy, to the Middle East. Instead, since then, Iraq has been swallowed up by sectarian divisions and power struggles. Given that Iraq is a construct of European powers in the dying days of colonialism, is Iraq sustainable as it is today? This course looks at... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>The toppling of the Saddam regime was supposed to bring peace and stability, even democracy, to the Middle East. Instead, since then, Iraq has been swallowed up by sectarian divisions and power

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18 Nov

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The True Story of John Jingery & Robert O’Reilly in the Burragorang Valley

What did black-white relations look like in the Burragorang valley in the nineteenth century? We’ll take a close look at “John Jingery, Aboriginal” who apparently bought some of his traditional lands back in 1875 with the help of Postmaster Robert O’Reilly. But the real story is more complicated as the primary sources show. John Jingery forfeited... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>What did black-white relations look like in the Burragorang valley in the nineteenth century? We’ll take a close look at “John Jingery, Aboriginal” who apparently bought some of his traditional

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26 Nov

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Marvellous Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern Marys

High profile Marys abound in the history of the western world. The Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene are revered or condemned in modern Christian and Orthodox religion. The Catholic fanatic Mary 1 was the first crowned queen of England. Mary Surratt was executed as a Confederate spy after the assassination of Lincoln in 1865. Mary Wollstonecraft and... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>High profile Marys abound in the history of the western world. The Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene are revered or condemned in modern Christian and Orthodox religion. The Catholic fanatic Mary 1 was

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30 Nov
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This course has been postponed to now start 30 Nov by request of the tutor.

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Geoengineering the Climate: Might We Ever Be That Desperate?

Our climate is changing, with human emissions of greenhouse gases being the major contributor. While mitigation should be our main goal, we may need to turn to interventionist measures one day. What sort of interventionist measures are being discussed under the heading of Geoengineering (or Climate Engineering)? Are they even feasible? Can we do it... [More]
$29 Limited

<p>Our climate is changing, with human emissions of greenhouse gases being the major contributor. While mitigation should be our main goal, we may need to turn to interventionist measures one day.

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02 Dec

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The Battle of Prestonpans

The Battle of Prestonpans, fought on 21 September 1745 was a significant tactical victory for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The ‘45”. The win perhaps gave the rebel forces a sense of over-confidence, as the tactical defeat of the British Government forces led to some significant changes in both training... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The Battle of Prestonpans, fought on 21 September 1745 was a significant tactical victory for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The ‘45”. The win perhaps

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04 Dec

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2020: The Year in Review

Join Dr Keith Suter to look back over some of the momentous events of 2020 and forward to 2021. This year's theme is Plague, Protests and Poverty. COURSE OUTLINE No one predicted just how turbulent 2020 would be. Explore the COVID crisis in three ways: The onset of the plague and its possible endings or evolution The reactions against government... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Join Dr Keith Suter to look back over some of the momentous events of 2020 and forward to 2021. This year's theme is <em>Plague, Protests and Poverty</em>.

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11 Dec

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Caspian Sea Politics: A Brief Introduction

The Caspian Summit, which met for the first time on April 23-24, 2002, represents the interests of the five Caspian littoral states: Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. In this course, we will survey the history of Caspian Sea politics from the Soviet period until today, before examining the ways in which the Caspian Summit has... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The Caspian Summit, which met for the first time on April 23-24, 2002, represents the interests of the five Caspian littoral states: Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. In this

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14 Dec

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Kokoda: Australia's Defining Military Campaign

Many see the Kokoda campaign of 1942 as a frontline defence of Australia. Others don’t give it such importance, but no matter how we look at it, Kokoda is perhaps the defining military campaign for Australia in World War II. Discover what happened in this campaign, with an emphasis on the personal experiences of Australian soldiers; and look at the... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Many see the Kokoda campaign of 1942 as a frontline defence of Australia. Others don’t give it such importance, but no matter how we look at it, Kokoda is perhaps the defining military campaign for

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11 Jan

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Climate Change - An Introduction

An introduction to the science of climate change and developments in the global arena in response with a focus on Australia. This course will explore the following aspects of climate change: Introduction to the science of climate change; key global and Australian responses; the current status of Australia’s efforts to achieve the Paris agreement... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>An introduction to the science of climate change and developments in the global arena in response with a focus on Australia. This course will explore the following aspects of climate change:

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12 Jan

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