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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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Past Climate Changes and the Lessons They Teach

Our climate is changing, with human influences the main, but not the only driver. We also know that climate has changed in the past, before any significant human involvement. The best example is the Ice Age cycle, which has dominated our planet for the past 2 million years. Can we explain this phenomenon, including the important fact that changes... [More]
$15 Limited

<p>Our climate is changing, with human influences the main, but not the only driver. We also know that climate has changed in the past, before any significant human involvement. The best example is

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18 Aug

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Ghost States of the Former USSR

The collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991 has been described by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century. One important component of that catastrophe relates to unresolved ethnic, religious and territorial conflicts that have manifested themselves... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991 has been described by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth

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31 Aug

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The Case for a Human Rights Act in Australia

Australia is the only western democracy that does not have a bill of rights or statutory equivalent. Hear the case in favour of a human rights act for Australia and explore some of the features that should be included. DELIVERY MODE This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. This course requires students to have an email, a... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Australia is the only western democracy that does not have a bill of rights or statutory equivalent. Hear the case in favour of a human rights act for Australia and explore some of the features

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07 Sep

Europe: The New World Power or a Continent in Crisis?

Will Europe become the New World Power, taking over essential parts of America’s foreign policy role under the Trump presidency? Or is Europe just a continent in crisis? Examining in detail the recent history of Europe (from 1914 to today) and the challenges it currently faces, from ‘Brexit’, Putin and Erdogan, we ask: just what is Europe’s role... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Will Europe become the New World Power, taking over essential parts of America’s foreign policy role under the Trump presidency? Or is Europe just a continent in crisis? Examining in detail the

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10 Sep

Belarus under Lukashenko - The Last European Dictatorship?

Aleksandr Lukashenko (b. 1954) has been the President of Belarus for more than 25 years, having served in that position since it was created on July 20, 1994. Under Lukashenko, Belarus has preserved much of the country’s Soviet-era symbolism and has been sanctioned for human rights violations. Lukashenko’s critics have described him as 'Europe’s... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Aleksandr Lukashenko (b. 1954) has been the President of Belarus for more than 25 years, having served in that position since it was created on July 20, 1994. Under Lukashenko, Belarus has

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14 Sep

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Orbán's Hungary - The Most Illiberal Democracy in the EU

Hungary began its transition to democracy when it held its first free parliamentary elections in May 1990. Viktor Orbán served his first term as Prime Minister from 1998-2002, and then Hungary was welcomed into the European Union in 2004. However, especially since Orbán began his second term as PM in 2010, the Fidesz political party has moved away... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Hungary began its transition to democracy when it held its first free parliamentary elections in May 1990. Viktor Orbán served his first term as Prime Minister from 1998-2002, and then Hungary was

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28 Sep

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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]
$22 Limited

<p>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

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26 Jun

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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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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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The Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

One of the longest existing conflicts of our era: we look at the roots of the conflict, examining how those early events are still influencing today’s reality and may hold clues for possible solutions in the future. DELIVERY MODE This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. This course requires students to have an email, a... [More]

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