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Human Reason: A Theoretical and Practical Guide

This course gives an introduction to Reason. Firstly we will assess what it is; how we use it; and its value to human life. We will study its role in both theoretical and practical matters, and we will consider the principles of good reasoning and how to assess our beliefs with reason. Other issues will be: conflict resolution through reason; the connection of reason to our emotional and ethical lives; Decision Theory; reason and rhetoric; consistency and coherence theories and the ... [More]

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Heidegger Course

For Heidegger “we ourselves are the entities to be analyzed” and this is both a rational, objective task and a subjective introspection on ourselves. His phenomenology of ‘lived experience’ is a corrective to the enlightenment idea of reason: “Thinking begins only when we have come to know that reason, glorified for centuries, is the stiff-necked adversary of thought”. We will approach Heidegger’s profound and challenging philosophy thematically, drawing from all of his works on iss... [More]
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Writing the Novel Course: A Masterclass

A course for writers who are looking to extend their skills in the Novel form. It is ideal for people expanding on their novel and who have completed Writing the Novel: Getting Started. This course is designed to heighten and refine the skills learnt in the earlier course and to further examine process and sub-text. It will focus on deep structure. It will also provide tools to continue the impetus of the novel. The course will be focused on the continuing novel of the student throu... [More]
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France and French Civilisation Course: From Napoleon to Today

This course will explore the cultural history of France from the era of Napoleon to the present day. Emphasis will be placed on the outstanding architectural and artistic achievements of the period, both in Paris and elsewhere in France. This legacy includes both secular and sacred buildings and works of art: châteaux, palaces, triumphal arches, opera houses, theatres, town houses, art galleries and museums, city scapes, churches, cathedrals, sculptures, and paintings. In addition, ... [More]

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Gothic Art and Architecture Course

The Gothic style of art and architecture, with its graceful spires, elongated proportions and air of chivalry, is often described as emerging seamlessly from the apparently ‘bulky’ Romanesque that preceded it. This course questions the origins of the Gothic in continental Europe, examining its different styles in France and Italy in particular, and tracing its influence through the Italian and Northern Renaissances to the theories of Ruskin and the work of the pre-Raphaelites. For t... [More]
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Rhythms and Purposes Course II

Delivered by the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Jillian Fine on 0410 497 870 or 02 9449 7870 or email Jillian Fine. Learn Jewish culture in Sydney with lessons and courses at the University of Sydney. Developed and led by the Melton Centre at th... [More]
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Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Course

Delivered by the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Jillian Fine on 0410 497 870 or 02 9449 7870 or email Jillian Fine. Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict provides students with a strong, text-based historical overview from the... [More]
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Philosophy for Science Course I: The Language and Logic of Science

Science is a ‘methodology’: a particular way of observing and explaining the world, of answering the one big question: “What must the world be like, in order that it produce the phenomena we observe?” Part one of this four part series elaborates the ‘language’ of Science – the meaning of reality, existence, causation, observation, explanation, and truth; and its ‘logic’ – its premises, its rules of engagement, and its strengths and limitations. This course is part of a series and sh... [More]
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The Two Riddles: Existence and Reality (21st century perspectives)

Is “reality” knowable (or intelligible), in part or as a whole? Can we describe it, or can we describe existence fully in terms of matter and energy? And what of the reality of human existence? Are we all autonomous, interconnected meaning-makers? Are we transient parts of a giant hologram or figures in a universal matrix? Are we meant to be here, in some sense? Certainly modern (physical and philosophical) theories of existence and reality raise numerous questions and thought-provo... [More]

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The Holocaust as Reflected in Memoirs and Diaries Course

Students will journey into the world of Jewish individuals and communities as the events of the Holocaust unfold around them. The course will explore the profound record of first-person accounts in diaries and memoirs uncovered in the years since the Holocaust. Students will gain remarkable insights into the struggle for life as both young and old writers describe day-to-day life coping in the ghettoes, imprisoned in the death camps, hiding on the run, and fighting for their lives. ... [More]
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