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World History

Can we understand our present if we do not understand our past? From Europe to Asia, and the medieval period to the modern day, explore the events and characters that have shaped our world. WEA Sydney offers the chance to study in a relaxed environment and our central CBD location is easily accessible by public transport.

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Confronting Images Throughout History

Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination and violence of repressive and autocratic regimes. However we also see the disturbing images appear in western liberal democracies as well. The imagery... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination

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15 Nov

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Hidden Hand: Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World

Clive Hamilton (b. 1953) is an Australian public intellectual who has previously written about China’s influence operations in Australia. In this follow-up to Silent Invasion, Hamilton joins forces with Mareike Ohlberg, a Berlin-based researcher whose work focuses on China’s digital policies. Together, Hamilton and Ohlberg have crafted an intricate... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Clive Hamilton (b. 1953) is an Australian public intellectual who has previously written about China’s influence operations in Australia. In this follow-up to <em>Silent Invasion</em>, Hamilton

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22 Nov

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What Next for the Murdoch Dynasty?

Rupert Murdoch turned 90 this year, parts of his worldwide media empire have been sold, and the rest is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the Murdoch dynasty. We look at the family’s key role in media and politics in Australia and around the world since Walter Murdoch helped establish the ABC in 1932. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>Rupert Murdoch turned 90 this year, parts of his worldwide media empire have been sold, and the rest is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the Murdoch dynasty. We look at the family’s key

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23 Nov

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The Rise and Fall of Donald Trump

We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider authoritarian populist trend in contemporary democracies. If this is correct, does this mean we can expect more politicians like Trump in the future? DELIVERY MODE... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider

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29 Nov
$39 Limited

<p>We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider

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29 Nov

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Japan's Vibrant 17th & 18th Century Streetscapes Explored Through Art

Two works of art are used to examine the 17th and 18th century streetscapes of Tokyo and Kyoto. With an appreciation for Japan’s flow of history and an eye for historical detail, we will consider how these two works of art are excellent resources to understand the contemporary streetscapes of both of these vibrant Japanese cities. DELIVERY MODE... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>Two works of art are used to examine the 17th and 18th century streetscapes of Tokyo and Kyoto. With an appreciation for Japan’s flow of history and an eye for historical detail, we will consider

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30 Nov

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The Battle of Dien Bien Phu - Vietnam 1954

The battle of Dien Bien Phu from March to May 1954 was not just a tactical defeat for the French colonial forces in Vietnam, but the scene of greater strategic objectives on the world stage in an era of anti-colonialism post-WWII. This lecture will examine the tactics and objectives of the Viet Minh and French forces, as well as comparing the two... [More]

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Learning for the Masses: Museums, Libraries, and Schools of Arts

Learning is a privilege or a duty not a right - that has been the view through the majority of history. The Church held the power over the written word, Guilds taught the artisans skills, while the palaces and Church between them held collections of treasures and memorabilia. This was the view still held when the colony was established in New South... [More]

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False Documents & Hoax Manuscripts: Historical Deceptions

We have several forged documents which have bedevilled scholars, power brokers and political leaders for decades or even centuries. The Donation of Constantine, a forged mediaeval document from the 8th C, had huge consequences for the next two millennia. The forged Protocols of Zion first published in Russia in 1903 has exacerbated virulent anti... [More]

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Disastrous Decisions in History

There are just so many over many centuries, a few include - rabbits introduced into Australia in 1858, not enough lifeboats on the Titanic, Gallipoli, Invasions of Russia (1812 and 1941), and the invasion of Iraq (2003). Look at the consequences/impact of these disastrous decisions in history. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face... [More]

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