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Dam the River - Damn the Planet?

Why has the building of dams provoked so much protest, not only in Australia, but around the world? Examine some controversial dams that some believe have solved problems; but others say have left a trail of environmental destruction. Why does the myth persist that humans can tame wild rivers? Or even that humans have the right to do so? What are the consequences of big dams at a time of climate crisis? The course builds on earlier WEA environmental history courses on Forests... [More]
$28 Limited inc GST
Dam the River - Damn the Planet?

<p>Why has the building of dams provoked so much protest, not only in Australia, but around the world? Examine some controversial dams that some believe have solved problems; but others say have left

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The Future of Australia's Welfare State

Everywhere the Welfare State is facing retrenchment. At the same time such states are facing unprecedented challenges of an ageing population & threats of severe unemployment into the future. Can the Welfare State survive the acute and unavoidable challenges that loom? [More]
$18 Limited inc GST
The Future of Australia's Welfare State

Everywhere the Welfare State is facing retrenchment. At the same time such states are facing unprecedented challenges of an ageing population & threats of severe unemployment into the future. Can the

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History of Sydney's Rivers

Sydney has some beautiful rivers – the Nepean-Hawkesbury, the Parramatta, the Lane Cove, the Georges, the Cooks River. The first peoples of the Sydney region were dependent on these rivers ecosystems. With the growth of Sydney since 1788 many of these rivers have been seriously polluted and degraded from farming, industry, land reclamation, urbanisation and mining. Learn about the history of Sydney’s rivers and why many continue to call for their protection and restoration. The... [More]
$28 Limited inc GST
History of Sydney's Rivers

<p>Sydney has some beautiful rivers – the Nepean-Hawkesbury, the Parramatta, the Lane Cove, the Georges, the Cooks River. The first peoples of the Sydney region were dependent on these rivers

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The Good, the Bad and the Fake: Australia’s News Media Today

Using examples of the news of the day, as reported in local and overseas Press, radio, television and magazines, as well as in social media; we will debate the nature and sources of news, the ownership and control of the media, the complex relations between news and advertising, media and public opinion, the extent of government control of the media, the role of the shock jocks, and more. COURSE OUTLINE What makes news? Variations in selection and presentation of events to create... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
The Good, the Bad and the Fake: Australia’s News Media Today

<p>Using examples of the news of the day, as reported in local and overseas Press, radio, television and magazines, as well as in social media; we will debate the nature and sources of news, the

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Causes & Consequences of Future Social Unrest

Mass unemployment, globalisation, and the social & economic consequences of anthropogenic global warming, will all potentially drive social unrest in the future. Explore the potential causes of future deep social unrest & the likely consequences of the fracture of social consensus. [More]
$18 Limited inc GST
Causes & Consequences of Future Social Unrest

Mass unemployment, globalisation, and the social & economic consequences of anthropogenic global warming, will all potentially drive social unrest in the future. Explore the potential causes of

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Saving Sydney's Wild Rivers

Sydney is one of the few cities of the world that still has pristine, free flowing and healthy rivers – the Kowmung, Coxs, Nattai, Keduma, and Wollondilly. Learn why a proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall by fourteen metres will inundate and smother these rivers. Why are their calls for these internationally significant ecosystems, within the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, to continue to flow into the future? The course builds on earlier WEA environmental history courses... [More]
$28 Limited inc GST
Saving Sydney's Wild Rivers

<p>Sydney is one of the few cities of the world that still has pristine, free flowing and healthy rivers – the Kowmung, Coxs, Nattai, Keduma, and Wollondilly. Learn why a proposal to raise the

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The Murray-Darling: A Web of Rivers, Wetlands & Flood Plains

The Murray-Darling Basin is a vast, complex and sensitive ecosystem that stretches from NSW to Queensland to South Australia. Its floodplains and wetlands provide some of the most important habitat for Australia’s waterbirds. These internationally significant wetlands are protected under the Ramsar Convention, a global treaty for the protection of migratory birds. However since the 1980s many of these important wetlands have seriously declined as a result of water over-extraction... [More]
$28 Limited inc GST
The Murray-Darling: A Web of Rivers, Wetlands & Flood Plains

<p>The Murray-Darling Basin is a vast, complex and sensitive ecosystem that stretches from NSW to Queensland to South Australia. Its floodplains and wetlands provide some of the most important

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Murray-Darling in Crisis

How can the rivers, wetlands and flood plains of the Murray-Darling Basin be restored to health? How can water be retained to ensure the river continues to flow through the driest continent on Earth? What must be done to end the illegal extraction of water? How can this life blood of the nation be saved into the future? Examine the controversy surrounding the illegal extraction of water from the Murray Darling basin. SUGGESTED READING ABC TV Four Corners, Pumped: Who’s benefitting... [More]
$18 Limited inc GST
Murray-Darling in Crisis

<p>How can the rivers, wetlands and flood plains of the Murray-Darling Basin be restored to health? How can water be retained to ensure the river continues to flow through the driest continent on

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