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Politics at Lunchtime

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How America Chooses a President

The process to elect the American leader is like no other in the world. It’s part glitzy TV reality show, part high-minded eighteenth century citizen-led democracy. The process is long, expensive and brutal, and that’s before the official campaign even begins. From firehouse caucuses and jungle primaries to the Electoral College, this course will... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>The process to elect the American leader is like no other in the world. It’s part glitzy TV reality show, part high-minded eighteenth century citizen-led democracy. The process is long, expensive

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09 Jul

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Russia, Civilizational Realism, and the Multi-Polar World

‘Civilizational realism’ is a term used by international relations scholars to describe a distinctive Russian foreign policy orientation that has been emerging over the last decade: Russia seeks to forge a new world order in which it will play a key role alongside two other ‘great powers’, the USA and China. Vladimir Putin provided the first clear... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>‘Civilizational realism’ is a term used by international relations scholars to describe a distinctive Russian foreign policy orientation that has been emerging over the last decade: Russia seeks

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20 Jul

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Democracy Matters: Can You Go to Jail for Protesting in Australia? Winding Back Our Democratic Rights

Protest laws have been changing in Australian states and territories in recent years. What are the grounds for these changes? And what are the implications for free speech in Australia? We will explore where the ‘protestors as scourge’ argument came from and also consider the student climate change rallies. DELIVERY MODE This class will be... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Protest laws have been changing in Australian states and territories in recent years. What are the grounds for these changes? And what are the implications for free speech in Australia? We will

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24 Jul

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Spotting Scammers and avoiding Online Abuse

Scammers contact thousands of email addresses and phone numbers every day, so there’s a good chance you’ll be contacted by a scammer some time. Find out how to keep your identity, data and personal accounts safe from hackers and online fraudsters. We will look at the advice offered by the Australian eSafety Commissioner, among others. If you have... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Scammers contact thousands of email addresses and phone numbers every day, so there’s a good chance you’ll be contacted by a scammer some time. Find out how to keep your identity, data and personal

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31 Jul

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The USA and its Enemies: Revisionists, Rogues and Radicals

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump endorsed a new National Security Strategy, in which a number of current and potential threats to the USA were identified. The security document focuses upon three main sets of challengers: “the revisionist powers of China and Russia; the rogue states of Iran and North Korea, and transnational theat... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>In December 2017, US President Donald Trump endorsed a new National Security Strategy, in which a number of current and potential threats to the USA were identified. The security document focuses

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03 Aug

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Boris Yeltsin - The Decade That Shook Russia and The World

Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007), along with various non-Russian nationalist leaders, was instrumental in the break-up and dissolution of the Soviet Union. He then served as the first president of the Russian Federation from 1991-1999. During this time, Yeltsin transformed Russia’s state socialist economy into a capitalist market economy, but his... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007), along with various non-Russian nationalist leaders, was instrumental in the break-up and dissolution of the Soviet Union. He then served as the first president of the

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17 Aug

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Ghost States of the Former USSR

The collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991 has been described by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century. One important component of that catastrophe relates to unresolved ethnic, religious and territorial conflicts that have manifested themselves... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>The collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991 has been described by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth

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31 Aug

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The Case for a Human Rights Act in Australia

Australia is the only western democracy that does not have a bill of rights or statutory equivalent. Hear the case in favour of a human rights act for Australia and explore some of the features that should be included. DELIVERY MODE This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. This course requires students to have an email, a... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Australia is the only western democracy that does not have a bill of rights or statutory equivalent. Hear the case in favour of a human rights act for Australia and explore some of the features

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07 Sep

Belarus under Lukashenko - The Last European Dictatorship?

Aleksandr Lukashenko (b. 1954) has been the President of Belarus for more than 25 years, having served in that position since it was created on July 20, 1994. Under Lukashenko, Belarus has preserved much of the country’s Soviet-era symbolism and has been sanctioned for human rights violations. Lukashenko’s critics have described him as 'Europe’s... [More]
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<p>Aleksandr Lukashenko (b. 1954) has been the President of Belarus for more than 25 years, having served in that position since it was created on July 20, 1994. Under Lukashenko, Belarus has

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14 Sep

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Orbán's Hungary - The Most Illiberal Democracy in the EU

Hungary began its transition to democracy when it held its first free parliamentary elections in May 1990. Viktor Orbán served his first term as Prime Minister from 1998-2002, and then Hungary was welcomed into the European Union in 2004. However, especially since Orbán began his second term as PM in 2010, the Fidesz political party has moved away... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Hungary began its transition to democracy when it held its first free parliamentary elections in May 1990. Viktor Orbán served his first term as Prime Minister from 1998-2002, and then Hungary was

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28 Sep

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