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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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The Incredible Untold Story of Oleg Gordievsky - Russian and British Spy

Over the thirty years from the fifties to the nineteen eighties Gordiesvky worked for the British as a double agent. He was the most senior Russian KGB agent ever to become a spy for the west and a confidant of both Thatcher and Reagan. But eventually he was betrayed by an American working for the CIA and he tried to flee Moscow.... [More]
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Over the thirty years from the fifties to the nineteen eighties Gordiesvky worked for the British as a double agent. He was the most senior Russian KGB agent ever to become a spy for the west and a

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21 Jan

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The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE): A Brief Introduction

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OCSE) is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Now headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the OCSE has its origins in the 1973 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe held in Helsinki, Finland. In 2019, the OCSE has 57 participating countries as members,... [More]
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<p>The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OCSE) is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization. Now headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the OCSE has its

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03 Feb

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Modern Revolutions in Latin America

After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-present), Chile (1970-73), Grenada (1979-1983), Nicaragua (1979-1990) and Venezuela (1998-present). In addressing themes like popular culture, women... [More]
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<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

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04 Feb

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The Rise of ISIS

ISIS, ISAL or DAESH are all names we recognise as the name of the movement of fundamentalist Muslims who stormed into power in the Middle East and created much chaos and destruction until their eventual battlefield defeat in 2019. But they have not disappeared. Why did they arise, what did they want to achieve and how successful were they? Do they... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>ISIS, ISAL or DAESH are all names we recognise as the name of the movement of fundamentalist Muslims who stormed into power in the Middle East and created much chaos and destruction until their

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05 Feb

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Democracy Matters: The Strengths of Australian Democracy

Democratic processes in Australia are unique in many ways. We consider the strengths of our system and the impact they have on social coherence. This conversation will start with the democratic web that connects the Australian Constitution, state and national electoral commissions and having three levels of government. And what is the role of... [More]
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Democratic processes in Australia are unique in many ways. We consider the strengths of our system and the impact they have on social coherence. This conversation will start with the democratic web

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07 Feb

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Celebrity Politics... The Next Big Thing?

The 2016 election of Donald Trump as US President has been described as the first ‘Celebrity Election’ in the West. More recently the trend continues. In the Ukraine celebrity comedian Volodymyr Zelensky became President and a former Ukrainian rock-star(sic), Svyasoslav Varachuk, has entered parliament there. Boris Johnson has been described, even... [More]
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The 2016 election of Donald Trump as US President has been described as the first ‘Celebrity Election’ in the West. More recently the trend continues. In the Ukraine celebrity comedian Volodymyr

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10 Feb

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Shaping Environmental Sustainability on Planet Earth

An introduction to contemporary environmental science, climate change, and sustainability; looking at the local and global policy framework, as well as key legal concepts. We also look at planning, establishing and implementing sustainability campaigns. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction to environmental science, climate change and sustainability... [More]
$153 Limited / $138

<p>An introduction to contemporary environmental science, climate change, and sustainability; looking at the local and global policy framework, as well as key legal concepts. We also look at planning,

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12 Feb

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Esoteric Religions in the Middle East

The Middle East is home to a number of communities which adhere to esoteric and mystical religions, some of which are fast disappearing. We examine four such communities, and place these religions in their historical, cultural and political context. COURSE OUTLINE The Alawis/Nusayris (in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey). The Yezidis (in Iraq). The Druzes... [More]
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<p>The Middle East is home to a number of communities which adhere to esoteric and mystical religions, some of which are fast disappearing. We examine four such communities, and place these religions

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12 Feb

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The Visegrád Group: A Brief Introduction

The Visegrád Group, named after the Hungarian castle-town of Visegrád, traces its origins to a summit meeting of leaders from Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held on February 15, 1991. Since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Visegrad Group now has four members (the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland), and so it is... [More]
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<p>The Visegrád Group, named after the Hungarian castle-town of Visegrád, traces its origins to a summit meeting of leaders from Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland held on February 15, 1991. Since

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17 Feb

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Democracy Matters: Behind the Scenes on Election Day

What are the checks and balances that keep our elections fair and independent? How does the Australian Electoral Commission manage the greatest peacetime logistical operation each federal election? Who are the people manning the polling booths on election day and what happens to your vote after the polls close at 6 pm?... [More]
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What are the checks and balances that keep our elections fair and independent? How does the Australian Electoral Commission manage the greatest peacetime logistical operation each federal election?

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21 Feb

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