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Taking English literature courses in Sydney can enrich your life in many surprising ways. Have you ever thought about why some literature, such as Shakespeare’s work, remains in production century after century? His plays deal with timeless themes such as the complexities of love, hunger for power, and betrayal. In a constantly-changing, high-tech world, it’s comforting to know that not everything has changed. If you’re ready to dive in, WEA Sydney can help. We offer short courses in Sydney in our fully-equipped classrooms. Our building includes a library and our tutors are experienced and fully qualified.

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Revisiting Classic Comic Poetry: Australian, English and American

Explore the wit and Wisdom of these great Masters, consider the social situations that produced them and learn something of the authors. There will be opportunities for class members to present their own favourites. COURSE OUTLINE We will revisit poems we have probably experienced in our early days and almost certainly see them with new, adult eyes... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Explore the wit and Wisdom of these great Masters, consider the social situations that produced them and learn something of the authors. There will be opportunities for class members to present

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03 Dec

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The History of the Mystery

There are secrets to be revealed, and mysteries to be solved. We search for clues, undeterred by red herrings, led by sleuths from the pens of Christie, Doyle, Chandler, and many more, as we uncover the history of the mystery! SUGGESTED READING Any mystery by Raymond Chandler, G K Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Eric Stanley... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>There are secrets to be revealed, and mysteries to be solved. We search for clues, undeterred by red herrings, led by sleuths from the pens of Christie, Doyle, Chandler, and many more, as we

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15 Jan

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Buddhism: A Cultural Journey

Buddhism has become one of the most popular global religions and its cultural reach has expanded phenomenally since the 1990s. In this course Walter Mason (author of Destination Cambodia) explores Buddhism’s main divisions, its cultural and historical forms and how the Buddhist tradition is lived in various countries. This course will also explore... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>Buddhism has become one of the most popular global religions and its cultural reach has expanded phenomenally since the 1990s. In this course Walter Mason (author of <em>Destination Cambodia</em>)

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03 Feb

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Shakespeare's King Lear

Working through the amazing verse of the play over eight sessions gives an exceptional chance to experience the power and profundity of perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest play. We will experience the play’s drama and profundity as Lear abdicates in favour of his daughters. We will relate to the alignments of good and evil people that results. We will... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Working through the amazing verse of the play over eight sessions gives an exceptional chance to experience the power and profundity of perhaps Shakespeare’s greatest play. We will experience the

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03 Feb

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All Things Australian - A Look at Australian Poetry

Explore the marvellous variety and depth of Australian poetry. Each week we take a theme to explore both Australian poetry and the Australian identity. Famous poets and their poems and lesser known poets and their poems will be featured in this Australian showcase. COURSE OUTLINE At War – including Kenneth Slessor’s ‘Beach Burial’ and Leon Gellet’s... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Explore the marvellous variety and depth of Australian poetry. Each week we take a theme to explore both Australian poetry and the Australian identity. Famous poets and their poems and lesser known

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04 Feb

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Sensational Scandal: The Development of Crime Fiction from Daniel Defoe to Agatha Christie

Crime fiction reflects our most dubious, scandalous, and wicked impulses, perhaps this is what makes it so popular. This course traces the development of crime fiction from the 18th – the 20th century. Beginning with the rogues that populate Daniel Defoe’s writing, before moving on to the intensification of fictional criminality and the rise of the... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>Crime fiction reflects our most dubious, scandalous, and wicked impulses, perhaps this is what makes it so popular. This course traces the development of crime fiction from the 18th – the 20th

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05 Feb

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Italian Film Session

An opportunity to see an Italian film and afterwards, to discuss the film (in English). As the film is subtitled and the post film discussion in English, the session is suitable for students of all levels of Italian and also other students of the WEA who are interested in films and European film history. PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this... [More]
$99 Limited / $89

<p>An opportunity to see an Italian film and afterwards, to discuss the film (in English). As the film is subtitled and the post film discussion in English, the session is suitable for students of all

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14 Feb

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Literary Scotland: Land and Writers

The land is the mother of culture, because our places are the reason we see and hear and feel as we do. Take a wander around Scotland, exploring through the eyes of some great Scottish writers. In each region we will look at the environment, history and folk traditions that prompted these stories and the writers who lived there. Starting at the... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>The land is the mother of culture, because our places are the reason we see and hear and feel as we do. Take a wander around Scotland, exploring through the eyes of some great Scottish writers. In

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15 Feb

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Christa Wolf: Socialism and Feminism in East Germany

An overview over the life and work of Christa Wolf, the critical and moral authority of East Germany, known for her engagement with the feminist and socialist causes. Considered Germany’s moral mother, Christa Wolf has always been in the front line of feminist and socialist causes. We will examine how her literary development mirrors the social,... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>An overview over the life and work of Christa Wolf, the critical and moral authority of East Germany, known for her engagement with the feminist and socialist causes. Considered Germany’s moral

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02 Mar

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The Handmaid's Tale: Dystopian Fiction, Then and Now

Analyse Margaret Atwood’s vision of society as represented through two major novels, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) and the 2019 sequel, The Testaments. Compare Atwood’s representations of totalitarian society across a span of thirty years and discuss their relevance in the contemporary context. Complex concepts, like feminism, economic decline,... [More]
$153 Limited / $138

<p>Analyse Margaret Atwood’s vision of society as represented through two major novels, <em>The Handmaid’s Tale</em> (1985) and the 2019 sequel, <em>The Testaments</em>. Compare Atwood’s

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07 Mar

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