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From history to literature, philosophy to science there is so much to discover. WEA Sydney offers great value for money and the chance to study in a relaxed environment. Our central CBD location is Easily accessible by public transport, and our high-quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors; at WEA Sydney classmates quickly become friends!

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Egypt Down Under

The culture of Egypt has been amazingly influential on Australia from early colonial times, through the Great War and into the 1930s and 40s. This course will look at monuments, architecture, gardens and artefacts which are hidden around Australia and reflect our admiration (indeed our obsession) for ancient Egypt. We will meet some Australians who... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>The culture of Egypt has been amazingly influential on Australia from early colonial times, through the Great War and into the 1930s and 40s. This course will look at monuments, architecture,

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22 Apr

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History and Literature: Two Stories of East Europe and Jewish Life

“Post-memory”: Not personally experienced, but nevertheless a part of individual and social memory. In this course we shall study two prize-winning contemporary authors who write about women affected by and identified with the lives and deaths of their families, east European Jews. Soviet-born Katja Petrowskaja presents a part-fictional memoir,... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>“Post-memory”: Not personally experienced, but nevertheless a part of individual and social memory. In this course we shall study two prize-winning contemporary authors who write about women

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23 Apr
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This class is only running from 10:00am - 11:00am, and not for 2 hours as advertised in the brochure.

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The Fertile Pen: Lives and Works of 4 Outrageous Novelists

How do four extremely glamorous lifestyles influence popular literature since the nineteenth century? Over four fun-filled weeks we will examine the lives and works of 4 incredibly fascinating writers who were dismissed for their popularity and prolific pens. This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure... [More]
$145 Limited / $131

<p>How do four extremely glamorous lifestyles influence popular literature since the nineteenth century? Over four fun-filled weeks we will examine the lives and works of 4 incredibly fascinating

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23 Apr

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Witness Statements: Letters in Fiction, Letters in Life

When a writer takes pen to paper they are creating a testimony to their thoughts and feelings at that time, limited and liberated by their own perspective. With classical education relying on letters from the ancient world, it makes sense that the first English novel Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister should be in the epistolary form.... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>When a writer takes pen to paper they are creating a testimony to their thoughts and feelings at that time, limited and liberated by their own perspective. With classical education relying on

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23 Apr
$39 Limited

<p>When a writer takes pen to paper they are creating a testimony to their thoughts and feelings at that time, limited and liberated by their own perspective. With classical education relying on

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23 Apr

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Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China Won’t Map the Future

According to Rory Medcalf, the Indo-Pacific is both a geographical location and a strategic concept, and is now becoming increasingly central to global prosperity and security. Medcalf, an Australian academic and Head of the National Security College at ANU, believes that the Indo-Pacific will either become the arena for the largest international... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>According to Rory Medcalf, the Indo-Pacific is both a geographical location and a strategic concept, and is now becoming increasingly central to global prosperity and security. Medcalf, an

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26 Apr

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Spanish Civil War: 1936-1939

For the world it was a three year struggle between communism, fascism and democracy. For Spain it was the brutal eruption of deep internal divisions between conservative Catholic country dwellers and progressive republican urbanites that tore a society apart. Overshadowed by the subsequent WWII it is often overlooked, despite some 15,000 books... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>For the world it was a three year struggle between communism, fascism and democracy. For Spain it was the brutal eruption of deep internal divisions between conservative Catholic country dwellers

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26 Apr

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Living Through A Planetary Crisis: Exploring Possible Futures

Concerns about the damaging impact of industrial civilisation on our planet goes back many centuries. However, the accelerating rate of climate change and environmental destruction suggests that we are entering a new phase. Human and much other life on the planet is at serious risk. We explore recent thought about what may happen from authors such... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>Concerns about the damaging impact of industrial civilisation on our planet goes back many centuries. However, the accelerating rate of climate change and environmental destruction suggests that we

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27 Apr

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Introduction to Phenomenology

Phenomenology has been, and still remains one of the most significant philosophical movements of the 20th and 21st century. It attempts to take the body and experience seriously, and find the complex inter-relation of body to mind, consciousness and language. Husserl (1859-1938) is generally considered to be the founder of Phenomenology, he... [More]
$270 Limited / $243

<p>Phenomenology has been, and still remains one of the most significant philosophical movements of the 20th and 21st century. It attempts to take the body and experience seriously, and find the

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27 Apr

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1000 Years of The Habsburg Dynasty

The Habsburgs ruled parts of Europe for a thousand years. At some stage their empire spanned the globe and would never see the sun setting. As staunch Catholics they played an important role during the Reformation and Counter-reformation periods of European history and exerted an important influence in the shaping of present day Europe. Over eight... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>The Habsburgs ruled parts of Europe for a thousand years. At some stage their empire spanned the globe and would never see the sun setting. As staunch Catholics they played an important role during

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27 Apr

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Re-reading Classroom Classics

This course will read a variety of texts from the NSW Senior English Syllabus (1965). The purpose of this course is threefold. We will re-read texts from the ’65 syllabus beyond the schoolhouse context in order to garner new meaning for the present moment. We will ask questions about literary prescriptions - why are certain texts chosen for the... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>This course will read a variety of texts from the NSW Senior English Syllabus (1965). The purpose of this course is threefold. We will re-read texts from the ’65 syllabus beyond the schoolhouse

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28 Apr

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