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Dramas: The History of the Jewish People 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. Learn Jewish culture in Sydney with lessons and courses at the University of Sydney. This interactive Jewish Studies course, deve... [More]
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Rhythms and Purposes Course I

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. This interactive Jewish Studies course, deve... [More]
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The Holocaust as Reflected in Memoirs and Diaries

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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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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Introduction to Philosophy Course

Would you like to gain an overview of the history of philosophy and the major contribution philosophy has made to areas of thought, such as political theory, ethics, aesthetics and the sciences? This course encourages the development of critical thinking and the use of informal logic techniques. Philosophers studied include the Greek pre-Socratics, Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Nietzsche and Foucault. Come along, extend your intellectual horizons and find out why this intro... [More]

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Philosophy and the Making of History

What is history? A possible definition is: History is change over time. But what kind of change are we talking about. Given that history is everything that has happened, what kind of selection processes are used to ‘make history’? Aristotle believes that what is important is not: “the thing which has happened, but rather what might have happened…and may happen again” in other words history must understand the universal significance of events, and be able to give knowledge of human n... [More]

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Levant Course: From the Ottoman Empire to the 21st Century – A Journey through Syria and Lebanon

The Levant has been described as the “crossroads of western Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and northeast Africa.” From the Umayyad glory in Damascus, the Fatimid rule and the Ottoman Empire to the French Mandate of Syria and bitter struggle for independence, this course will take you on a fascinating journey through past and present of Syria and Lebanon in particular. Gain a better understanding of historical, religious, political and social developments in this politically unstabl... [More]

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Philosophy of Friendship

Philosophers have long recognized that friendship plays a central role in a meaningful and happy life. Friends can confirm our sense of ourselves, give us a shared vision, and increase our enjoyment of our activities. In this course we will consider questions such as: How does friendship differ from other forms of love: parental, romantic, erotic? What is the connection of friendship to self-love and self-understanding? Can you ‘know thyself’ without friends? Can you have ‘mutual se... [More]
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The Conversation Club

The Conversation Club recognises the importance of conversation in everyday life; a place where big and small questions can be posed which lead to further thinking and discussion. Conviviality, Ivan Illich argued, involves ‘autonomous and creative intercourse among persons, and the intercourse of persons with their environment’ (Illich, Ivan (1975) Tools for Conviviality, London: Fontana. p.24). A good conversation provides us with a sense of amazement and an opportunity to chat wit... [More]
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The Minoans Course: Rulers of the Wine-Dark Sea

This course examines the rise and fall of the Minoan culture on the Aegean island of Crete and the spread of their culture throughout the region. The famous palace of Knossos, richly decorated with a series of remarkable frescoes, was just one of a number of palace compounds which controlled the resources of a maritime empire. Numerous trading colonies were established in the eastern Mediterranean, including Akrotiri on the island of Santorini. Around 1450 BC, all the palaces were d... [More]

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