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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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Iran from Ancient Times to Modern Theocracy

As part of Ancient Persia, Iran shared in the greatness of the great empires of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. But, after the Muslim advance out of Arabia, it became an Islamic state, following the minority Shi’ite belief. This has had a profound effect on modern times, with Iran being a theocracy since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Today it is a... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>As part of Ancient Persia, Iran shared in the greatness of the great empires of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. But, after the Muslim advance out of Arabia, it became an Islamic state, following the

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17 Oct

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Classical Western Political Theory: Inspecting the Foundations

Western Political Theory today rests heavily on foundational contributions. We explore key themes of power, democracy, social justice, freedom, property, rights, secularisation, and stability & change as understood and expounded by some of the ‘greats’ of Western analytical political thought. SUGGESTED READING Cranston,M (ed.) (1964) Western... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>Western Political Theory today rests heavily on foundational contributions. We explore key themes of power, democracy, social justice, freedom, property, rights, secularisation, and stability &

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18 Oct
Please be aware that there is a two week break between sessions 1- 5 and 6-8 of this course. The dates are therefore: October 18 & 25, November 1, 8 &15, and December 6, 13 & 20.

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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]
$20 Limited

<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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The Genteel Art of Nature

Why have women artists been so important in the foundation of the environment movement? Why have their paintings of butterflies, birds and flowers been so important? Discover some of the artists including the Scott Sisters, Ellis Rowan, and Beatrix Potter.... [More]
$29 Limited

Why have women artists been so important in the foundation of the environment movement? Why have their paintings of butterflies, birds and flowers been so important? Discover some of the artists

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24 Oct

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The 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

At 75 years old, the UN is one of the oldest international organizations. Winston Churchill, one of its creators, said: “The UN was not designed to get us to heaven but to save us from going to hell”. We look at why it was created; how well it has lived up to the grand visions of its creators; and speculate on its future.... [More]
$20 Limited

At 75 years old, the UN is one of the oldest international organizations. Winston Churchill, one of its creators, said: “The UN was not designed to get us to heaven but to save us from going to hell”.

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25 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]
$20 Limited

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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Understanding China: Past and Future

China is very much in the news but not well understood. This course will show how Chinese history for the last few thousand years influence the present and what it means to Australia. Xi Jin Ping is neither the insidious Dr Fu Manchu or the Archangel Gabriel but China has been resurrected and we better believe it. COURSE OUTLINE Traditional China... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>China is very much in the news but not well understood. This course will show how Chinese history for the last few thousand years influence the present and what it means to Australia. Xi Jin Ping

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31 Oct

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International Security: A Brief Introduction

International Security, as a core sub-discipline of International Relations, has traditionally been concerned with issues such as the prevention of war, the promotion of peace, and the strengthening of international order. Since 1994, however, a new focus has developed on the concept of ‘human security’, after the release of a UN Human Development... [More]
$20 Limited

<p>International Security, as a core sub-discipline of International Relations, has traditionally been concerned with issues such as the prevention of war, the promotion of peace, and the

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04 Nov

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Jeannie Baker - A Collage of Nature

Acclaimed children’s picture book writer and artist, Jeannie Baker, is one of Australia’s most talented children’s authors writing about the environment. Discover her books deep ecological treasures – there to be discovered, not only by children, but their parents and grandparents.... [More]
$29 Limited

Acclaimed children’s picture book writer and artist, Jeannie Baker, is one of Australia’s most talented children’s authors writing about the environment. Discover her books deep ecological treasures

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07 Nov

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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]
$20 Limited

<p>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

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18 Nov

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