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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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Issues of Our Times

Issues of Our Times covers important issues from Zoe’s and other similar proposed laws across the country, Same-Sex Marriage, State of Education, State of Manufacturing, Ageism, Child Abuse, Unpaid work and Indigenous Treaties. The class will discuss, debate and analyse these important issues to politics and our Australian society. Guest Speakers will attend where relevant and available. Course Content Zoe’s and other similar laws across the country Same-Sex Marriage State of Educat... [More]
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Australian Family Law: Divorce, Custody and Finances

While this course is designed to provide participants with a basic knowledge of Australian Family Law, it does not attempt to provide individual legal advice, each participant should seek independent legal advice about their matter. This Australian Family Law training course is designed to give participants an understanding of the implications of a failed marriage or relationship. It has been developed to provide you with basic knowledge of the implications of divorce, the divorce s... [More]
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Financial Planning Course: Achieve Your Life Goals

We are taught to read and write, but very few of us are taught how to be financially literate. This course will help you develop meaningful life goals and the knowledge and confidence to develop the necessary financial strategies to help you achieve what is important to you. Course content This financial planning course covers the following topics: Effective financial planning Understanding how to set meaningful and important goals for you Understanding the Australian taxation syste... [More]
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Understanding Investing for Long-Term Gain Course

Most of us know how to spend money, but very few of us know how to make it! Put simply, your choices in the short term will have the greatest impact on your long-term dreams and ambitions. In this informative day we’ll discuss how the Australian share market works, the importance of a long-term view, how to ensure you generate an income from your assets, dividends and yields, investing versus speculating, what really happens when we sell, and the effects of tax and inflation. We’ll ... [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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Harness the Power of Self-Managed Superannuation Course

This training course is designed to give participants an understanding of the various strategies that can be employed to ensure that their superannuation benefits are maximised. Self-managed superannuation funds are growing quickly, currently in excess of 300,000. People are deciding to take a more active role in the management of their superannuation monies to successfully plan for retirement. Do you understand how to manage your own superannuation fund? This training course will e... [More]
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The (Un-)Examined Life

The Socratic claim, “the unconsidered (or unexamined) life is not worth living”, remains thought provoking to say the least, and a little provocative too, especially in an age when information is available globally (in theory at least) and at astonishing speed. What did he mean by this (and why did he say it)? Why has it become so influential? And was he right? Indeed, why does it continue to be discussed and debated? WE shall examine these questions among others and the answers to ... [More]
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