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The Unstoppable Rise of Radical Right-Wing Populism in the West

The socio-economic factors identified as producing a surge of radical right-wing Populism show no sign of abating. The rise of Populism promises new political challenges in Australia & elsewhere such as ‘ can the Centre hold’; the integration of immigrants & refugees/asylum-seekers; rising, entrenched inequalities; fiercely contested street-politics and more. [More]
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The Unstoppable Rise of Radical Right-Wing Populism in the West

The socio-economic factors identified as producing a surge of radical right-wing Populism show no sign of abating. The rise of Populism promises new political challenges in Australia & elsewhere such

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Monuments Put From Pen to Paper

A critical questioning is underway about monuments and how the past is shaping the present. Through an analysis of the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City we look at the ways in which the state organises space in our everyday lives through the streets we walk, the monuments we visit, and the places where we meet. SUGGESTED READING Adam David Morton, Monuments Put from Pen to Paper, Progress in Political Economy (PPE) Adam David Morton, The Architecture of “Passive... [More]
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Monuments Put From Pen to Paper

<p>A critical questioning is underway about monuments and how the past is shaping the present. Through an analysis of the Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City we look at the ways in which the

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Is the World Facing a New Cold War?

Are we witnessing a New Cold War or, as it is also called, a ‘Cold War Redux’? Tensions and political rivalry between the Russian Federation and the ‘West’ –escalated in 2014 with Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and recently again with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Great Britain. Explore and discuss this critical relationship. [More]
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Is the World Facing a New Cold War?

Are we witnessing a New Cold War or, as it is also called, a ‘Cold War Redux’? Tensions and political rivalry between the Russian Federation and the ‘West’ –escalated in 2014 with Russia’s annexation

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The Alevis in Turkey

Alevis, often described as heterodox are a religious minority in Turkey. Alevis can be of both Turkish and Kurdish ethnicity. Alevism therefore cuts across ethnic boundaries. The Alevi terrain is complicated as it includes several ethnicities, religious systems, cultural subgroups and languages. Alevism is a broad umbrella. There is some tension between Sunni and Alevi communities. Sometimes this tension culminated in violent pogroms against Alevis. This lecture will survey the... [More]
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The Alevis in Turkey

Alevis, often described as heterodox are a religious minority in Turkey. Alevis can be of both Turkish and Kurdish ethnicity. Alevism therefore cuts across ethnic boundaries. The Alevi terrain is

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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]
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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

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The Science of Climate Change

Deepen your understanding of the science of climate change: gain an understanding of the structure of the atmosphere so that you can consider the natural and enhanced greenhouse effect, global warming and the reasons for the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations. [More]
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The Science of Climate Change

Deepen your understanding of the science of climate change: gain an understanding of the structure of the atmosphere so that you can consider the natural and enhanced greenhouse effect, global warming

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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]
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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

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Eurasian Integration: Creating the New Silk Roads

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined a vision for an overland ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ which would connect China’s western provinces with Central Asia, and a ‘New Maritime Silk Road’ which would span much of Southeast Asia. In this talk, you will learn how China and Russia are facilitating the global infrastructure development program now known as the Belt Road Initiative (BRI), with cooperation from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the Eurasian Economic Union,... [More]
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Eurasian Integration: Creating the New Silk Roads

<p>In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined a vision for an overland ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ which would connect China’s western provinces with Central Asia, and a ‘New Maritime Silk Road’

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Australia and the Political Economy of Terror in Chile (1973-2018)

11 September 2018 marks 45 years since the US-backed military coup which overthrew the Popular Unity government and decimated its “peaceful road to socialism”. We review Australia’s political-economic role during this period and beyond. In particular we will consider three historical phenomena: the role of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service in the coup; Australian corporations' contribution to the Pinochet dictatorship’s survival; and their role in the maintenance of the... [More]
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Australia and the Political Economy of Terror in Chile (1973-2018)

11 September 2018 marks 45 years since the US-backed military coup which overthrew the Popular Unity government and decimated its “peaceful road to socialism”. We review Australia’s political-economic

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