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Eurasia: The Geographical Pivot of History

In 1904, Sir Halford J. Mackinder presented a paper to the Royal Geographical Society in which he laid out a strikingly novel conception of world history and helped to establish modern geopolitical thought. Mackinder divided the earth’s surface into three areas: the ‘World Island’ (with the ‘Heartland’ / ‘Pivot Area’ in the centre of Russia); the Offshore Islands; and the Outlying Islands. In 1919, Mackinder summarised his ‘Heartland Theory’ as follows: “Who rules East Europe... [More]
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Eurasia: The Geographical Pivot of History

<p>In 1904, Sir Halford J. Mackinder presented a paper to the Royal Geographical Society in which he laid out a strikingly novel conception of world history and helped to establish modern geopolitical

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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]
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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

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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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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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Aspirational Politics in Apocalyptic Times

Much is made of the importance of the proper role of ‘aspirations’ in Australian political life. In particular great significance is attributed to the situation of skilled/semi-skilled blue-collar workers being able to avail themselves of opportunities both for running their own business (“being their own boss”) & securing investment properties in order to better themselves. But in a world likely to be characterized by mass unemployment, according to the apocalyptic prediction by... [More]
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Aspirational Politics in Apocalyptic Times

Much is made of the importance of the proper role of ‘aspirations’ in Australian political life. In particular great significance is attributed to the situation of skilled/semi-skilled blue-collar

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A Lookback at the Founding of NATO

Founded 50 years ago, we take a look at the fascinating history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and ask what is its political role today? SUGGESTED READING Lucas, Edward, The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009) McFaul, Michael, From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America (Allen Lane, 2018) Sørenson, Georg, Rethinking the New World Order (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016) Thies, Wallace J., Why NATO... [More]
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A Lookback at the Founding of NATO

<p>Founded 50 years ago, we take a look at the fascinating history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and ask what is its political role today?<br/><p><br/><strong>SUGGESTED READING</

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What Happens when States Remain Unrecognised?

Currently, there are 193 ‘member states’ in the United Nations, with two additional ‘observer states’: Palestine and the Holy See. However, Palestinian statehood is not recognised by over 50 UN member states, and there are several other states that have claimed independence, but have received little or no formal recognition from member states of the UN. This course will provide an introduction to the modern international system that has developed since the formation of the UN in... [More]
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What Happens when States Remain Unrecognised?

<p>Currently, there are 193 ‘member states’ in the United Nations, with two additional ‘observer states’: Palestine and the Holy See. However, Palestinian statehood is not recognised by over 50 UN

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Human Rights Today

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly exactly 70 years ago today. It is one of the 20th century’s most remarkable documents. This presentation will examine: what are human rights, what progress has been made in the last 70 years, and what are the new threats to human rights? [More]
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Human Rights Today

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly exactly 70 years ago today. It is one of the 20th century’s most remarkable documents. This presentation will examine:

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