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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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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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Classic Journeys Course: New York - Walking Manhattan

One of the best ways of exploring the history, culture and landscape of New York City is to walk it. In this course we explore the stories and the history of this global city, concentrating on Manhattan. It has been called the “Wonder City”, “The City that Never Sleeps”. We visit cultural centres, meet the locals and explore the subway. We walk the full 23km length of Broadway to appreciate the wonders and sights of Manhattan. Course content The History of New York The Lenape People... [More]

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Battle for the Throne II: The Wars of the Roses 1455 - 1487

The Wars of the Roses, fought between two rival families of York and Lancaster over the throne of England, are said to be the inspiration for the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. The Wars began with the sometimes insane Henry VI of England and his wife, Margaret of Anjou, fighting for their survival against the House of York. There were battles, banishment and exile, treachery and murder. The throne changed hands many times and the crown would end up in the hands of the usurping... [More]

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The Age of Rhetoric? Philosophy, Sophistry and the Art of Persuasion

Are we living in an age of rhetoric, or in an age of persuasion (for example, in the mass media, in virtual reality and in multimedia)? If so, in what sense? What is the historic relationship between philosophy and rhetoric? And what is the relationship between rhetoric, sophistry and philosophy? Join us in this fully illustrated day course to explore these questions and answers to the, as well as the enduring power of philosophy, especially in its critical, elucidatory and reflecti... [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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