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Ancient Mathematics: China

Ancient Chinese measurements with triangle and compass were already performed in the 20th c BCE. In “The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art” (around 200 BCE), Chinese mathematicians performed calculations with fractions, square roots and geometrical progressions. They found areas and volumes using 3 as an approximation for PI, and solved systems... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Ancient Chinese measurements with triangle and compass were already performed in the 20th c BCE. In “The Nine Chapters on the Mathematical Art” (around 200 BCE), Chinese mathematicians performed

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07 May

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Fallacies: The Pathology of Bad Arguments

Someone claims that you have committed a ‘slippery-slope fallacy’. You think it is completely reasonable to say that if we allow X then Y will follow. So... are all slippery-slopes fallacies? This practical course has 3 main components: to learn how to: Identify the most common fallacies; Evaluate whether alleged fallacies are really fallacious;... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>Someone claims that you have committed a ‘slippery-slope fallacy’. You think it is completely reasonable to say that if we allow X then Y will follow. So... are all slippery-slopes fallacies? This

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07 May

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Democracy Matters: Fake News or Real News? Media Literacy as a Democracy Skill

Finland topped the most recent ‘global media literacy index’. How did they do it? What is happening in Finnish classrooms that is equipping their citizens to resist the ‘digital wildfires’ that can spread false information so rapidly? In recent national elections, Finland urged voters to think about fake news before voting. Can Australia follow... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Finland topped the most recent ‘global media literacy index’. How did they do it? What is happening in Finnish classrooms that is equipping their citizens to resist the ‘digital wildfires’ that can

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08 May

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Entertaining Australia: The History of Australian Films

Australia created the world’s first feature film in 1906 but the story is not one of steady progress, rather of boom and bust. It was only in the 1970s that the “film renaissance” relaunched our film industry, allowing us to see ourselves on screen once more. We look at all we’ve achieved in the last 120 years, revisiting some great films,... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Australia created the world’s first feature film in 1906 but the story is not one of steady progress, rather of boom and bust. It was only in the 1970s that the “film renaissance” relaunched our

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08 May

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Epistemology: The Theory of Knowledge

We all think we ‘know’ many things, and are guided by our knowledge in our everyday lives. But what is “knowledge”? What does it mean to ‘know’, and how does ‘knowledge’ relate to evidence, truth, belief, expectation, and mere remembering? Is there ‘objective’ knowledge ‘out there’, so to speak, just waiting to be known? And how do we know that we... [More]
$125 Limited / $113

<p>We all think we ‘know’ many things, and are guided by our knowledge in our everyday lives. But what is “knowledge”? What does it mean to ‘know’, and how does ‘knowledge’ relate to evidence, truth

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12 May

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Italian Film Session

An opportunity to see an Italian film and afterwards, to discuss the film (in English). As the film is subtitled and the post film discussion in English, the session is suitable for students of all levels of Italian and also other students of the WEA who are interested in films and European film history. DELIVERY MODE This class will be delivered... [More]
$99 Limited / $89

<p>An opportunity to see an Italian film and afterwards, to discuss the film (in English). As the film is subtitled and the post film discussion in English, the session is suitable for students of all

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15 May

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Noel Coward: A Flamboyant Life

From the exemplar of jazz-age glamour to grand patriot and self-parody, Noel Coward was one of the greatest wits of his age. His sophisticated songs, his dressing gowns as daywear and his cigarette holder – cemented the image of Noel Coward in the popular cultural mind through most of the 20th century. Known for his slightly-scandalous plays and... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>From the exemplar of jazz-age glamour to grand patriot and self-parody, Noel Coward was one of the greatest wits of his age. His sophisticated songs, his dressing gowns as daywear and his cigarette

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15 May

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Making Love not War: A History of Australian Pacifism

Take a look at those who opposed war every time they had a choice. Is pacifism the most moral choice? What were the consequences for the individuals, their communities, and Australian society as a whole? Is pacifist just another word for coward or was there a price to be paid? Who were the groups and the leaders who stood for peace? Did they ever... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>Take a look at those who opposed war every time they had a choice. Is pacifism the most moral choice? What were the consequences for the individuals, their communities, and Australian society as a

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16 May

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Ancient Mathematics: India

Ancient Indian mathematicians a proposed positional decimal system that was developed into contemporary decimal numerals. They calculated precise geometrical constructions for sacrificial altars in forms of square, circle, semicircle, isosceles triangle, and isosceles trapezoid, as described in Sulba Sutras (7th-3rd c BCE). Indian mathematicians... [More]
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<p>Ancient Indian mathematicians a proposed positional decimal system that was developed into contemporary decimal numerals. They calculated precise geometrical constructions for sacrificial altars in

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21 May

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Democracy Matters: Surveillance State vs. Democractic State: Can the Two Live Together?

The Australian Federal Police raids on journalists in mid 2019 sent a ripple around the world. NSW police strip searching of concert goers is a disturbing new reality. Does the risk of terrorism or crime really warrant the increased surveillance proposed by the Department of Home Affairs? Find out how the ‘security = safety’ narrative comes at a... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The Australian Federal Police raids on journalists in mid 2019 sent a ripple around the world. NSW police strip searching of concert goers is a disturbing new reality. Does the risk of terrorism or

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22 May

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