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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

Learn Philosophy for Science in Sydney with Philosophy for Science training from the University of Sydney – Philosophy for Science courses open to everyone. 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?” This Language and Logic of Science course is part one of a four part Philosophy for Science series which elaborates the ‘language... [More]
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The Fabulous Philosophers of the 19th Century Course

Darwin, Marx, Freud, Mill, Kierkegaard and Dostoyevsky What a century! There are so many towering intellects to choose from it is difficult to decide who has had the most impact on the twentieth and twenty first century. Marx utterly transformed political theory and political reality; Darwin’s evolutionary theory has affected almost every area of science and social theory; and Freud’s theory of the unconscious became one of the most powerful subjective realties of self understanding... [More]
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Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka Course: The Dark Laughter of Existence

Both writers share a wonderful sense of the absurd, both blend myth with daily life through language and both are interested in the structure of ‘waiting’. They are uncompromising about the reality of the human condition. Life can sometimes be without hope, but it also can be lived with compassion and laughter, courage and dignity in the ‘face of life’s absurdity’. The course will examine the philosophical ideas behind both writers and their philosophical sources. Samuel Beckett mak... [More]
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Anthropology Course: An Introduction

The focus of anthropology is on understanding you in relation to others and social life generally e.g., context, religion, schooling, economy, biology, politics, family structure, gender, ethnicity. It is a discipline of discovery, questioning, and imagination; a way of exploring the vast range of human possibility across cultures leading us to critical thinking about why we think, feel and act in certain ways and why others may do so differently to us. Anthropology today is also ab... [More]
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The Arab-Israeli Conflict Course

Are there any solutions to the conflict that appeared 70 BC and only seems to get more complex with centuries passing by? This course examines the history of the conflict, comparing the conflicting narratives of the Palestinians, the Arab States, and Israel. It examines the relationships among Arabs and Israelis, as well as inter-Arab relations and the relations between the rivals and external powers. The local, regional, and global complications of the confrontation between Israel ... [More]
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Classic Journeys Course: Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian was a new type of emperor. He was interested in all of his empire, and particularly in the provinces. One of the most travelled of emperors, he delineated the empire with walls. We examine his rule, his most famous wall and his travels. We join the legionaries on a Roman walk along Hadrian’s Wall in England, a distance of 80 Roman miles from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway. Course Content This Hadrian’s Wall course covers the following topics: The Romans in Britannia Roman Le... [More]
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Philosophy for Science Course II: What Must the World Be Like?

Learn Philosophy for Science in Sydney with Philosophy for Science training from the University of Sydney – Philosophy for Science courses open to everyone. 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?” This course is part two of a four part Philosophy for Science series which applies the language and logic of Science to the task ... [More]
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Revolutions that Changed the World Course

From the French Revolution of 1789 to the Arab Spring in 2011, this course will introduce you to the most important revolutions in human history. This course explains the introduction of new ideologies, such as Liberalism, Marxism and Political Islam, through the histories of the Revolution in China, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the Meiji Restoration in Japan, and the 1979 Revolution in Iran. Course content This history of revolutions course covers the following topics: The A... [More]
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