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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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Jeffrey Epstein: Sex Trafficking, Suicide and the US Justice System

Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has avoided a fresh array of charges by apparently committing suicide. It would have been the trial of the year, if not the decade. New York authorities have said that the conspiracy criminal charges will still be investigated and so some very famous people may yet be haunted by their association with Epstein.... [More]
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Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has avoided a fresh array of charges by apparently committing suicide. It would have been the trial of the year, if not the decade. New York authorities have

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23 Aug

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Turkish Local Elections: The Fall of Istanbul

After 25 years Islamists lost Istanbul in local elections in April. Although the Islamist AKP won the overall vote in Turkey and more municipalities than the opposition, the loss of Istanbul and Ankara caused them anxiety. Is this the beginning of the end for President Erdoğan and AKP?... [More]
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After 25 years Islamists lost Istanbul in local elections in April. Although the Islamist AKP won the overall vote in Turkey and more municipalities than the opposition, the loss of Istanbul and

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26 Aug

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The European Union: A Brief Introduction

The European Union, founded in 1993, is Europe’s leading international institution. In this brief introduction, we will begin with a survey of the history of the EU, from the creation in 1950 of the European Coal and Steel Community until today. We will then consider the membership, purpose and structures of the EU, as well as the ways in which... [More]
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<p>The European Union, founded in 1993, is Europe’s leading international institution. In this brief introduction, we will begin with a survey of the history of the EU, from the creation in 1950 of

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02 Sep

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Who's Who in the Middle East: The Main Players in the Middle East Conflict

The Middle East conflict is a complex and difficult affair with many players and organisations representing different causes and faiths. The Islamic world is split between its major groups, especially Sunnis and Shi’ites. There are Christian groups, religion-based terrorist groups, secular terrorist groups. There are alliances and enmities. Israel,... [More]
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<p>The Middle East conflict is a complex and difficult affair with many players and organisations representing different causes and faiths. The Islamic world is split between its major groups,

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03 Sep

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Troubled Times: Democracy under Stress

Democracy in the West is facing numerous challenges, from both within & from without. It is therefore timely to assess the prospects for Democracy, as a distinctively Western invention, in the future. Within the limits of time in this session we will look at the views of both those who are optimistic & also the pessimists about the future of... [More]
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Democracy in the West is facing numerous challenges, from both within & from without. It is therefore timely to assess the prospects for Democracy, as a distinctively Western invention, in the future.

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09 Sep

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The BRICS: A Brief Introduction

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) is an informal grouping of non-Western states initiated by Russia. On September 2006, the first BRICS Ministerial Meeting was held on the margins of a UN General Assembly session in New York. In 2009, the BRICS held their first summit, and issued a joint statement of their goals “to promote... [More]
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<p>The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) is an informal grouping of non-Western states initiated by Russia. On September 2006, the first BRICS Ministerial Meeting was held on the

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16 Sep

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How Can We Stop The 6th Mass Extinction?

It is the complex web of biodiversity, from microbes to mammals, that fuels life on Earth. Yet, over the last few decades many species have dissappeared. Scientists fear time is running out for our planetary life support systems, and unless drastic action is taken – humans too will face extinction.... [More]
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It is the complex web of biodiversity, from microbes to mammals, that fuels life on Earth. Yet, over the last few decades many species have dissappeared. Scientists fear time is running out for our

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23 Sep

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Rhetoric and Reality in the World of Politics

How can we explain the discrepancies between rhetoric and reality in all aspects of politics? The marked discrepancies are frustrating and debilitating for citizens, journalists, historians and policy analysts. COURSE OUTLINE Discussion of examples of differences between what politicians say and what they actually deliver in the name of public... [More]
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<p>How can we explain the discrepancies between rhetoric and reality in all aspects of politics? The marked discrepancies are frustrating and debilitating for citizens, journalists, historians and

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14 Oct

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International Relations: A Brief Introduction

In 1919, International Relations (IR) began as a distinct field of study, with the founding of the very first IR professorship: the Woodrow Wilson Chair of IR, at what is now Aberystwyth University in Wales. In 2019, IR has become a well-established academic discipline, which has developed a number of different and exciting ways of examining the... [More]
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<p>In 1919, International Relations (IR) began as a distinct field of study, with the founding of the very first IR professorship: the Woodrow Wilson Chair of IR, at what is now Aberystwyth University

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21 Oct

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Kosciuszko - National Park or Paddock?

Why is NSW’s ‘Brumbies Bill’ so controversial? Why do conservationists oppose ‘heritage horses’ in national parks? Is Kosciuszko a national park or is it being turned into a horse paddock? What are the myths and facts behind feral horses in Kosciuszko National Park? How do feral horses threaten the fragile ecosystem of the Kosciuszko National Park,... [More]
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Why is NSW’s ‘Brumbies Bill’ so controversial? Why do conservationists oppose ‘heritage horses’ in national parks? Is Kosciuszko a national park or is it being turned into a horse paddock? What are

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28 Oct

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