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The Development of Western Democracy

We will consider key events in England, America and France that led to replacement of Monarchical Governments with Modern Liberal Democracies. We will consider the theories and social changes that drove these democratic developments and look at some of the tension found within. Finally we will look at some of the challenges facing democracy in the 21st Century. COURSE OUTLINE The Glorious Revolution of 1688 – events, antecedents and social and theoretic forces behind it. Thomas... [More]

From Lenin to Putin: Russian Leaders in the 20th Century

A closer look at some of the most influential Russian leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries, from Lenin and his Bolshevik Revolution to Russia’s ‘New Czar’ Putin. We will also discuss – using multimedia tools – Stalin and his successor Khrushev, and the charismatic Gorbachev and his reform policies of ‘Glasnost’ and ‘Perestroika’ that signaled the end of the Soviet Union. SUGGESTED READING Gorbachev, Mikhail, The New Russia, (Polity Press, 2016); Kenez, Peter, A History of the... [More]

The Struggle for Emancipation: Modern Political Thought from Hobbes to Karl Marx

The modern era since the 18th century was formed by the political ideas of several thinkers who laid the foundations for the struggle of the common people against absolute monarchy and religious domination. The idea of the rights of people to self-determination culminated in the doctrine of a social contract. This course traces the history of this struggle in its two major forms of conservatism and liberalism to the end of the 19th century. SUGGESTED READING Political Ideologies,... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
The Struggle for Emancipation: Modern Political Thought from Hobbes to Karl Marx

<p>The modern era since the 18th century was formed by the political ideas of several thinkers who laid the foundations for the struggle of the common people against absolute monarchy and religious

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Eccleston Du Faur - A Man of Vision

Eccleston Du Faur was an important figure in late 19th Century Sydney. Many of his legacies – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Grose Valley, Mount Wilson are something Sydneysiders are indebted to. Discover how this public servant, scholar, scientist, conservationist and patron of the arts was driven by a vision that saw nature as art and art in nature. How is this vision relevant today? SUGGESTED READING Joan Webb, Eccleston Du Faur, Man of Vision,... [More]
$36 Limited inc GST
Eccleston Du Faur - A Man of Vision

<p>Eccleston Du Faur was an important figure in late 19th Century Sydney. Many of his legacies – Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Grose Valley, Mount Wilson are something

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Politics: What is it and How does it Work? - Part 1

This course is for everyone interested in politics. The concept of politics, and some history and context will be outlined alongside the day-to-day mechanisms by which the socially constructed nature of politics has led to the contemporary status quo. Subsequent courses will follow. COURSE OUTLINE What is politics? Is there cause for optimism or pessimism? Politics is socially constructed Power: who and what constructs our politics, and how is it done? PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By... [More]
$138 Limited inc GST / $124
Politics: What is it and How does it Work? - Part 1

<p>This course is for everyone interested in politics. The concept of politics, and some history and context will be outlined alongside the day-to-day mechanisms by which the socially constructed

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The Future of Trades Union Based Labour Parties in the UK and Australia

With a drastically shrunken Trade Union base, & numerous significant structural changes to the economies of the Western Industrial democracies, is the ‘Old Narrative’ of the reformability of capitalism, that gave the Labour parties a rationale for existence, now irrelevant? And if so, what narrative would give coherence and direction to the (UK/ALP) Labour Parties in the future? [More]
$18 Limited inc GST
The Future of Trades Union Based Labour Parties in the UK and Australia

With a drastically shrunken Trade Union base, & numerous significant structural changes to the economies of the Western Industrial democracies, is the ‘Old Narrative’ of the reformability of

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The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Lebanon and the Intifada

Discuss military conflict and Peace Process negotiations between Israel, neighbouring countries and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation: from the 1979 Camp David Accords through 1982 Israeli-Lebanese War to the First Intifada. Politically one of the most intricate conflicts of our times, Operation Peace for Galilee and its aftermath remains a topic of contention in Israel and a source of anguish in many Arab countries. Look at the events that led to 1982 conflict; domestic,... [More]
$86 Limited inc GST / $77
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Lebanon and the Intifada

<p>Discuss military conflict and Peace Process negotiations between Israel, neighbouring countries and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation: from the 1979 Camp David Accords through 1982

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