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Revisiting the Lehman Bank Crash - How and Why It Fell

What really happened? How did the finest bank of the 19th and 20th century almost bring down the world’s economic system? WEA tutor Lanning bennet, a banker with over 20 years' experience, gives us his take on this epoc defining event. [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
Revisiting the Lehman Bank Crash - How and Why It Fell

What really happened? How did the finest bank of the 19th and 20th century almost bring down the world’s economic system? WEA tutor Lanning bennet, a banker with over 20 years' experience, gives us

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An Evening in Magical Morocco

Morocco has been the home of the Berbers since the second Millennium BC and has a rich and colourful history. It has a diverse population of people of Berber descent, Arabs who constitute the bulk of the inhabitants of the larger cities, black Africans, and Europeans mostly of French origin. Spend an evening experiencing the delights of Fez, the cultural and religious centre of Morocco, and the ‘Berber’ Marrakech. Medieval buildings, fortified walls, the Souk buzzing with traders... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
An Evening in Magical Morocco

Morocco has been the home of the Berbers since the second Millennium BC and has a rich and colourful history. It has a diverse population of people of Berber descent, Arabs who constitute the bulk of

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Venezuela - What Next?

Venezuela – potentially one of the world’s richest countries – is in economic turmoil. It is the biggest crisis in Latin America and may be President Trump’s first war. What has gone wrong? What are the wider implications of the crisis? How might the crisis play out? [More]
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Venezuela - What Next?

Venezuela – potentially one of the world’s richest countries – is in economic turmoil. It is the biggest crisis in Latin America and may be President Trump’s first war. What has gone wrong? What are

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Rasputin: The Enigma

Grigori Rasputin, born 150 years ago, has remained a fascinating, if controversial figure. A peasant and lay-Elder, he established a reputation as a spiritual guide, endowed with the gift of healing. This recommended him to the last Imperial Family of Russia, as he was seen as the only hope for the Tsarevich Alexei, a haemophiliac. However, in the eyes of many contemporaries he was as an evil and destructive influence. PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
Rasputin: The Enigma

<p>Grigori Rasputin, born 150 years ago, has remained a fascinating, if controversial figure. A peasant and lay-Elder, he established a reputation as a spiritual guide, endowed with the gift of

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The Pursuit of Inequality

As a nation we profess egalitarian inclinations. Yet the actual policies that we pursue in Western Industrial democracies like Australia consistently propel us further & deeper into entrenched inequalities. We scrutinize the arguments for the apparent necessity of inequality in the development of capitalism & the cogency of such claims. The ideas of several ‘new theorists’ of inequality – such as Piketty and Joel Kotkin – will be examined critically. [More]
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The Pursuit of Inequality

As a nation we profess egalitarian inclinations. Yet the actual policies that we pursue in Western Industrial democracies like Australia consistently propel us further & deeper into entrenched

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

Ireland for Australians: What to See and How to See It

Ireland is the perfect fly-and-drive destination for Australians. Not too big, not too hot (or cold) easy to get to, good roads, they drive them on the right side (the left) and speak English (better, they think, than others). Even better, from cottages to castles, in town and country, within archaeology and amid modern culture, Ireland is there for the seeing. But how best to ‘read’ it? This course aims to prepare you for your trip. It helps you match your goals to your... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Ireland for Australians: What to See and How to See It

<p>Ireland is the perfect fly-and-drive destination for Australians. Not too big, not too hot (or cold) easy to get to, good roads, they drive them on the right side (the left) and speak English (

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Three Jews Walk into a Bar – The History of the Jokes Jews Used to Tell about Themselves

Jewish humour is one of the distinctive art forms of the 20th century. Over one evening, we trace the various attitudes and forces – religious, cultural, linguistic and political – that drove the rise and eventual decline of what we think of as the Jewish joke. Also you will hear some classic Jewish jokes. SUGGESTED READING Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Humor: What the Best Jewish Jokes Say About the Jews, Harper Collins (NY 2010) Henry D. Spalding, Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor: From... [More]
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Three Jews Walk into a Bar – The History of the Jokes Jews Used to Tell about Themselves

<p>Jewish humour is one of the distinctive art forms of the 20th century. Over one evening, we trace the various attitudes and forces – religious, cultural, linguistic and political – that drove the

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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]
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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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Visiting Japanese Ceramic Towns

Japan’s reliance on Korea for the transmission of technology from the continent is a fascinating story. This culminated in Toyotomi Hideyoshi invasion of Korea at the end of the 16th Century. When he was finally repelled by the Chinese army, his troops “stole” tens of thousands of artisans, many who established the famous ceramics towns we know as representing Japanese culture today. We look at how to visit these fascinating ceramics towns and reflect on this powerful history.... [More]
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Visiting Japanese Ceramic Towns

<p>Japan’s reliance on Korea for the transmission of technology from the continent is a fascinating story. This culminated in Toyotomi Hideyoshi invasion of Korea at the end of the 16th Century.

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Baby Face: Women in the Workplace 1933 to 2019

Whether or not the film Baby Face was seen in 1933 as a progressive portrait of the challenges women faced in a world run by men is difficult to gauge but when this movie was made, it seems as if many people believed that women had achieved political equality and the daring flappers of the 1920s had pushed social boundaries of all kinds: in dress, in attitude, in behaviour. We will examine how far women have really come in the intervening 86 years especially in the workplace and in... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
Baby Face: Women in the Workplace 1933 to 2019

Whether or not the film <em>Baby Face</em> was seen in 1933 as a progressive portrait of the challenges women faced in a world run by men is difficult to gauge but when this movie was made, it seems

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