Social Science Courses
Social Science. Understand human society and relationships.
Social science is an academic discipline concerned with society and the relationships among individuals within a society.
Politics. Protecting and advancing ideas or goals in our communities. Explore Iraq’s transformation from a new kingdom created by the British in 1920 to the 1958 coup d'état and proclamation of the Ba’athist Republic and rise of Saddam Hussein to power. This course will also look at Iraq’s political, social and economic transformations during Sadam’s era, regional power rivalry and Kurdish struggle for autonomy. The 2003 American invasion ended 24-year rule of Sadam Hussein,... [More]
Politics. Protecting and advancing ideas or goals in our communities. This course is a great overview of the Arab-Israeli relations from the formation of the Israeli state till 1973. It will provide you with the background to military and political issues of three major wars as well as various, at times conflicting, interpretations. Discuss the 1948 Independence War as a first war between Israel and its Arab neighbours. The June 1967 war was a watershed in the history of the... [More]
Politics. Protecting and advancing ideas or goals in our communities. Australian politics fills our media every day, but the sheer volume of information and rapid changes can cause most people to disengage. However, the rapidly changing political landscape affects our lives at work, the cohesiveness of society and the environment. This politics course engages with the leading political, economic and social issues of the day and helps to develop your understanding of current and... [More]
Politics. Protecting and advancing ideas or goals in our communities. This course provides audience with background knowledge of Levant’s modern history as well as familiarizes with the political, social and economic developments of Syria and Lebanon. Learning Aims Analytical and based on academic research analysis of modern history and current affairs are emphasised to achieve desired outcomes (see below). Learning Outcomes Explain the historical background to modern conflicts in... [More]
Archaeology. Unearth new discoveries. Archaeological research has been able to identify important examples of the evolution of modern humans from ape-like ancestors. Important finds were made by Louis Leakey in Olduvai Gorge which made it clear that early humans arose in east Africa. Subsequent finds, including the famous ‘Lucy’ in Ethiopia have made it clear Australopithecus afarensis is out oldest direct hominin ancestor. Learning Outcomes At the completion of this archaeology... [More]
Archaeology. Unearth new discoveries. The region of Israel in the southern Levant has always been a bridge between Africa and Asia. Inhabited for 1 million years (first by Homo Erectus, then Neanderthals and modern humans), Israel saw the development of major technological and cultural advances. Agriculture begins in the region, and so too does urban settlement with important sites like Megiddo and Hazor inhabited over millennia. Excavation of the region is extensive and provides... [More]
Archaeology. Unearth new discoveries. The region of Israel is closely tied to the traditions of the Torah and Old/New Testaments. Extensive excavation has been undertaken to examine the physical evidence from the Iron Age through to the Roman Period, often with a view to ‘proving the Bible’ or at least supporting what it says. More recent archaeological excavations in Israel are increasingly suggesting that the Biblical tradition may not be so reliable, enabling us to better... [More]
Politics. Protecting and advancing ideas or goals in our communities. Explore Iran’s modern and contemporary history. This course addresses Iran’s “long reach” in regional politics, analysing its relations from Hamas and Hezbollah to Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the inevitable nuclear issue. Moreover, it looks at such diverse matters as the economy, Iran’s young population, the massive “brain drain,” and its role as a leader of the Shiite community. Learning Aims This course... [More]
Anthropology. Study various aspects of humans within societies of the past and present. If you have been lucky enough to catch the series, ‘Who do you think you are?’ on ABC or SBS television, then no doubt you are wondering what fascinating stories or hidden secrets you may discover should you begin to delve into your own family’s history? Having decided to discover your family’s past, it can be difficult to know where to start. Nonetheless, with the help of the internet and in... [More]
Anthropology. Study various aspects of humans within societies of the past and present. 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... [More]