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Study humanities at WEA Sydney in a relaxed and social environment, and central CBD location. Easily accessible by public transport, our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors, and offer you great value for money.


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Addressing Anxiety

Most of us experience tension and worry but chronic anxiety can interfere with our capacity to function in our everyday life. Although anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental disorders, few people seek help and treatment. Anxiety can begin early in life and if untreated can lead to depression and substance abuse in later life. However the symptoms of anxiety can be effectively treated and self-confidence and assurance restored with non-drug treatments. In this course we... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Addressing Anxiety

<p>Most of us experience tension and worry but chronic anxiety can interfere with our capacity to function in our everyday life. Although anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental disorders,

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Linguistic Relativity: Language and Thought

What is the relationship between language and thought? Does language determine our thoughts? To what extent are our cultural values and beliefs encoded, enacted and instantiated in our language? These questions arose in the late 19th and early 20th Century when three brilliant anthropological linguists of European descent found themselves confronted with very different cultures and languages. Rather than dismissing Indigenous North American cultures and languages as ‘primitive’,... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Linguistic Relativity: Language and Thought

<p>What is the relationship between language and thought? Does language determine our thoughts? To what extent are our cultural values and beliefs encoded, enacted and instantiated in our language?

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Art Deco and More - Sydney CBD Walking Tour

Meet in the foyer of The Grace Hotel, corner of King and York Street. When we think of Sydney the first things that spring to mind are often the magnificent harbour, our unique Opera House and the mighty Harbour Bridge. But often unnoticed is its wealth of beautiful Art Deco buildings preserved through all the changes of the past 70-odd years. Explore some architectural marvels from the late 1920s and 30s. Our easy walk entails some standing. Includes coffee break . SUGESTED... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Art Deco and More - Sydney CBD Walking Tour

<strong><em>Meet in the foyer of The Grace Hotel, corner of King and York Street</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>When we think of Sydney the first things that spring to mind are often the magnificent

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The Great Kings of Medieval England

This course looks at four of the great kings of medieval England. Starting with Henry II, this course shall also look at the lives and reigns of Edward III, Edward IV, and Henry VII. These kings helped shape England through strength of character and leadership. By examining and comparing their personalities and reigns, we shall attempt to discover what lay at the heart of their success. SUGGESTED READING Henry II, W. L. Warren Edward III, W Mark Ormrod Edward IV: The Summer King,... [More]
$145 Limited inc GST / $131
The Great Kings of Medieval England

<p>This course looks at four of the great kings of medieval England. Starting with Henry II, this course shall also look at the lives and reigns of Edward III, Edward IV, and Henry VII. These kings

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Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (a Japanese form of short poem) captures a moment in nature. It is a doorway to Zen practice – it’s a way to write what you know. A ginko is a walk in nature, during which your writing hand keeps moving just like your legs. Whatever sights, sounds and smells you experience can transform... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
Japanese Poetry: Haiku Ginko - Writing Zen

<p>Some people wonder how to begin to write. But nobody ever wonders how to begin to walk. If you combined those two things, and let your hand move the way your legs are moving, it is easy. A haiku (

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Sydney's Super Wicked Problems?

Politicians always talk about growth but when is enough ‘enough’? Why are the environmental consequences of growth rarely discussed? What ‘super wicked problems’ are developing as mega cities emerge as the new norm around the world, including Sydney? Are mega cities life support systems – air, water and food – under threat of collapse? Is it time to challenge the rise of Sydney as a mega-city in the age of the Anthropocene? COURSE OUTLINE History of the rise of cities. Epoch of the... [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
Sydney's Super Wicked Problems?

<p>Politicians always talk about growth but when is enough ‘enough’? Why are the environmental consequences of growth rarely discussed? What ‘super wicked problems’ are developing as mega cities

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

A Celebration of 400 Years of Women Artists

In every century there have been outstanding Women artists who have achieved a reputation that has sat well-earned, alongside their male colleagues. Often their life stories are remarkable in themselves and give us a glimpse into social histories of their age. In this 5 week course we will look over the last 400 years, and will consider Artemisia Gentileschi, Rachel Ruysch, Angelica Kauffman, Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Grace Cossington Smith, Hilda Rix... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
A Celebration of 400 Years of Women Artists

<p>In every century there have been outstanding Women artists who have achieved a reputation that has sat well-earned, alongside their male colleagues. Often their life stories are remarkable in

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Sydney Discovery Walks - Rocks Secret Walk

Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay. Explore the historic heart of Sydney with its hidden lane ways and back alleys on this entertaining stroll through The Rocks with Jo Gerk. The amount of hidden secrets awaiting your discovery is staggering and during these two hours you are bound to see and hear things you never knew existed! Be prepared to learn something new about your city! Please note: This walk will go ahead whatever the weather, except... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Sydney Discovery Walks - Rocks Secret Walk

<strong><em>Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>Explore the historic heart of Sydney with its hidden lane ways and back alleys on this

...
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Sydney Discovery Walks - Rocks Secret Walk

<strong><em>Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>Explore the historic heart of Sydney with its hidden lane ways and back alleys on this

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone North Walk

Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay. Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. One cluster of such buildings is located along Bridge St at the Northern end of the CBD. Not only are these buildings architecturally impressive and showcasing fascinating features, but many interesting stories are attached to the people planning, constructing and using them. Join Jo Gerk on a leisurely two hour stroll of discovery around... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone North Walk

<strong><em>Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. One cluster of such

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

1989: The Year That Changed The World

Explore the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. Suddenly everything seemed possible. Take a closer look at the broader legacy of 1989, from the German reunification in 1991, to the end of Communism and of the Cold War. SUGGESTED READING Fukuyama, Francis, The End of History and the Last Man, (London: Penguin, 2012) Gaddis, John Lewis, The Cold War, (London: Penguin, 2007) Gorbachev, Mikhail, The New Russia (Polity Press, 2016) Isaacs, Jeremy, and... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
1989: The Year That Changed The World

<p>Explore the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. Suddenly everything seemed possible. Take a closer look at the broader legacy of 1989, from the German

...
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
1989: The Year That Changed The World

<p>Explore the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. Suddenly everything seemed possible. Take a closer look at the broader legacy of 1989, from the German

...
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
1989: The Year That Changed The World

<p>Explore the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. Suddenly everything seemed possible. Take a closer look at the broader legacy of 1989, from the German

...
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
1989: The Year That Changed The World

<p>Explore the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. Suddenly everything seemed possible. Take a closer look at the broader legacy of 1989, from the German

...
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
1989: The Year That Changed The World

<p>Explore the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. Suddenly everything seemed possible. Take a closer look at the broader legacy of 1989, from the German

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.