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Nixon and Watergate Course - 40 Years Later: What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It (Part 2)

Forty years ago, the American people learned that Richard Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in and took steps to conceal or cover-up almost from the date of the burglary. Once the ‘smoking gun’ tape was revealed, Nixon was forced to resign – the only President to have done so. Today, Richard Nixon has been the beneficiary of much revisionism. While he indeed had accomplishments, the moral vacuum and corruption that he fostered has begun to be forgotten. This course, offered in tw... [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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Gladiator: Life and Death in the Roman Arena

Gladiators were armed combatants who entertained audiences in the Roman arena by fighting other gladiators, wild animals or condemned criminals. Most were slaves trained in harsh conditions, but some were free-born volunteers looking for wealth and glory. Gladiatorial combats appear to have arisen as part of funerary rites but they soon became entertainment for the Roman masses. A complex industry evolved to supply combatants and animals for the munera or ‘games’ and enormous amphit... [More]

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Famous Lives Series: "Dead Poet Society" Course

There is always meaning as to what someone writes and the answer is usually found in the writer seeking communion with someone or something. This poetry course will focus on six famous Australian poets, (three men and three women) whose lives were in parallel with each other and therefore each experienced similar events. The aim in the poety course is to demonstrate and discuss how their writing is a reflection of the spirit of their land and their interpretation of the similar even... [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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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 1978 Revolution in Iran. Course content This history of revolutions course covers the following topics: The A... [More]
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Aboriginal Language and Culture Course: Gamilaraay

Ever wanted to learn an Australian language? Interested in Aboriginal people and culture? Then Gamilaraay is for you! This course is a unique opportunity to learn the basics of Gamilaraay, a NSW Aboriginal language. Be part of the story of language revival, learn new words, get a sense of country, share and have fun. The Gamilaraay language is a Pama–Nyungan language of the Wiradhuric subgroup found mostly in south-east Australia. It was the traditional language of the Kamilaroi peo... [More]

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Introduction to Crime Prevention Course

This Introduction to Crime Prevention training course provides practical, scenario based training. Course Outline This Introduction to Crime Prevention training course covers an array of topics including: Reasons not to solely rely on the criminal justice system to prevent crime Local crime statistics and crime data analysis techniques A crime problem-solving model Models of crime prevention Ingredients of successful partnerships Simple methods of implementing and evaluating crime p... [More]

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The Book Club

Our Book Clubs provide a casual but structured discussion led by an experienced academic, author and reader with questions and discussion points developed to assist and enrich your thinking about the book, the author and the ideas. We will offer both fiction and non-fiction book clubs in various streams and will feature a selection of books deemed current, relevant and challenging. No homework is required. You may wish to use The Book Club to work out what you would like to read. Yo... [More]

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The Politics of Inequality Course: Introduction to Political Economy

If you have a billion dollars, you don’t even make it to the global super-wealthy rich. The world’s wealthiest 0.1 per cent are not unattainably rich – they are unimaginably rich. The importance of wealth is approaching levels last seen before the first world war. This course examines the surging income inequality and how it is violating our expectations on how the economy works. The course is based on the bestselling book ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, written by the French... [More]
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