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Politics & Society

Want to really understand what is going on in the world? Join us to analyse and debate both contemporary and historical political events, in a friendly and stimulating environment, ably supported by our highly knowledgeable tutors.

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Israel-Palestine: Alternatives to The Two-State Solution

The Peace Process between Israel and the Palestinians has been going on for over 25 years with the Two-State solution being the guiding principle. This was the agreed formula by the two sides as well as the international community. However, the great hopes and efforts put into this did not amount to an agreement and with the recent publishing of... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The Peace Process between Israel and the Palestinians has been going on for over 25 years with the Two-State solution being the guiding principle. This was the agreed formula by the two sides as

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31 May

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Who is Winning the US-China Tech War?

The US and China are in a different kind of arms race: which will achieve tech dominance in the decade ahead? Learn what 5G is and why Huawei was banned in the US; who is leading on cutting edge technologies like AI and quantum computing; what are the implications of these technologies for the global balance of power? Australia’s great dilemma in... [More]
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<p>The US and China are in a different kind of arms race: which will achieve tech dominance in the decade ahead? Learn what 5G is and why Huawei was banned in the US; who is leading on cutting edge

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13 Jun

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The Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

DELIVERY MODE This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. *This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.*One of the longest existing conflicts of our era: we look at the roots and causes of the conflict. Although efforts... [More]
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<p><p><br/><strong>DELIVERY MODE</strong></p><ul><li>This class will be delivered online via the online platform <strong><a href="https://zoom.us/">Zoom</a></strong>.</li><li>*This course requires

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14 Jun

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Russia and America: A Very Special Relationship

Explore the special bilateral relationship between Russia and the USA from World War I to today. A relationship which has cycled between periods of cooperation and confrontation. SUGGESTED READING Gorbachev, Mikhail, The New Russia, Polity Press, 2017; Kenez, Peter, A History of the Soviet Union from the Beginning to the End, 2nd Ed., Cambridge... [More]

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How America Chooses a President

Are you trying to follow the American Presidential election but getting confused by the jargon? You are not alone! The American electoral system is like no other and even seasoned election watchers can get tangled up in its idiosyncrasies. In this beginners course, we will cover the basics of the process by which America chooses a President. You... [More]

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Human Rights Law: Legal and Public Policy Considerations for Australia and Beyond

Held in Association with the Humans Rights Committee of the Law Society of NSW Convenor: Howard Bell Australia is entering into an exciting new age of legal and public policy growth. This newly developed course, taught by practising lawyers, human rights practitioners and policy campaigners is designed to provide comprehensive foundation knowledge... [More]

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Democracy Matters: Can You Go to Jail for Protesting in Australia? Winding Back Our Democratic Rights

Protest laws have been changing in Australian states and territories in recent years. What are the grounds for these changes? And what are the implications for free speech in Australia? We will explore where the ‘protestors as scourge’ argument came from and also consider the student climate change rallies.... [More]

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Democracy Matters: Growing Democracy between Elections

Imagine if the prerequisites for a thriving democracy are the same as caring relationships? What does it mean if the central focus of our democracy is how we treat each other? If democracy is a skill, how do we develop the skills needed to build communities where citizens actively care for the most vulnerable? Explore democracy based on the work of... [More]

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International Law: A Brief Introduction

International Law (IL), as a core sub-discipline of International Relations, emerges from the interactions of sovereign states in the international system, and their efforts to regulate and systemise those interactions. In this course, we will begin with an examination of the origins and purpose of IL. Secondly, we will learn about the... [More]

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Democracy Matters: Surveillance State vs. Democractic State: Can the Two Live Together?

The Australian Federal Police raids on journalists in mid 2019 sent a ripple around the world. NSW police strip searching of concert goers is a disturbing new reality. Does the risk of terrorism or crime really warrant the increased surveillance proposed by the Department of Home Affairs? Find out how the ‘security = safety’ narrative comes at a... [More]

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