Centre for Continuing Education

Arts and humanities

Arts and humanities

Arts and humanities. Enrich your life.

Arts and humanities courses are a fantastic way to explore interesting topics. They also help to develop your analytical thinking and communication techniques – useful in whichever career you choose.

The University of Sydney’s Centre for Continuing Education offers a wide range of arts and humanities courses. Subjects range from hands-on and creative to theoretical and academic. We also provide flexible class options to suit your schedule.

Studying arts and humanities enhances your world and gives you invaluable skills for your professional and everyday life. Learn about arts and humanities the smart way with arts and humanities courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

Religion Course: Who Was Jesus?

Religion and spirituality. Learn about systems of faith and worship. Join us for a day-long workshop on Jesus. What are the Christian views? What are the secular views? And did he even exist? Learn about the many ways people in the past and today have thought about Jesus, and learn about how the debate over Jesus' very existence is becoming more mainstream and academic. We shall also expose the false dichotomy that people must be sure that Jesus either did or did not exist,... [More]
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Religion Course: Who Was Jesus?

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Latin America History Course: The New World and Five Centuries of Colonialism

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This Latin American history course looks at the creation of the Americas starting with the 1492 arrival of Columbus. It is a paradigmatic history (a discovery, encounter or invasion) that is fundamental to understanding the formation of the modern world. This course begins by examining the spectacular indigenous pre-Columbian civilisations (Aztec, Mayan, Incan and others) followed by the European conquest. We will then consider the lasting... [More]
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Latin America History Course: The New World and Five Centuries of Colonialism

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Quarks to the Cosmos Course: Ten Great Discoveries in Modern Astronomy and Physics

Astronomy. Reach for the stars. Join some of our leading astronomers and physicists in this series of special lectures about ten “big ideas” in modern astronomy and physics. Exploring topics from subatomic physics to black holes and cosmology, and discussing some of the latest research, this course will bring you up-to-date on recent discoveries in our understanding of the universe. Leading researchers from the University of Sydney’s School of Physics present their recent work in... [More]
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Quarks to the Cosmos Course: Ten Great Discoveries in Modern Astronomy and Physics

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Astronomy”}</p><p>Join some of our leading astronomers and physicists in this series of special lectures about ten “big ideas” in modern astronomy and physics.</p><p>

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Creative Writing Essentials Course

Creative writing. Express yourself with the written word. Have you always wanted to write? Have you started a novel and are looking for some tips to get you to the next level? Are you looking to transform your love of reading into a creative practice? In this course, you will learn both basic and intermediate fiction writing techniques in a supportive and collaborative environment. This course will help you develop your understanding of key elements in narrative development,... [More]
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Creative Writing Essentials Course

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Creative Writing”}</p><p>Have you always wanted to write? Have you started a novel and are looking for some tips to get you to the next level? Are you looking to

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Ireland Course: The Celts to the Celtic Tiger

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This course introduces you to the history of Ireland – its beliefs, legends, customs, festival celebrations and storytelling traditions, as well as the small matters of history, geography and religion. Irish history from the past to the present is covered, encompassing luminary figures in history that have shaped the politics of this country. Outcomes By the end of this course, you should be able to: demonstrate a general understanding of... [More]
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Ireland Course: The Celts to the Celtic Tiger

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>This course introduces you to the history of Ireland – its beliefs, legends, customs, festival celebrations and storytelling traditions, as well as the

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Philosophy Course: Introduction to Postmodernism - Foucault and Derrida

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. ‘Postmodernism’ often elicits polarised reactions, sometimes based on presumptions about its central ideas. This course aims to redress some of the misunderstandings surrounding Postmodernism, by giving an in depth introduction to two of its most prominent philosophers. I will argue that both Foucault and Derrida give an analysis of political power and its institutions, which are crucial to understanding... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Introduction to Postmodernism - Foucault and Derrida

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Philosophy”}</p><p>‘Postmodernism’ often elicits polarised reactions, sometimes based on presumptions about its central ideas. This course aims to redress some of the

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Gallipoli Course: The Gallipoli Campaign, 1915

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Harvey Broadbent Harvey Broadbent AM is a well-known writer, lecturer, broadcaster, documentary film and TV producer. In January 2016 he received the prestigious award of Member of the Order of Australia for his life time’s work in researching and writing history and producing historical documentaries. The citation reads 'For significant service to the literary arts as an author and publisher, to the television industry as a producer, and... [More]
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Gallipoli Course: The Gallipoli Campaign, 1915

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>{block name:“Tutor - Harvey Broadbent”}</p><p>What military planning, actions and events on the battlefield determined the outcome of the Gallipoli

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Philosophy Course: Introduction to Nietzsche

Philosophy. Study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. That which is done out of love always takes place beyond Good and Evil. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil. Nietzsche is famous for his theories of Nihilism; the eternal return; will to power; master/slave morality; God is dead; and free spirits. We will read selections from Nietzsche’s early, middle, and late works, and discuss the development of his ideas and his complex, poetic/philosophical... [More]
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Philosophy Course: Introduction to Nietzsche

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - Philosophy”}</p><p><blockquote><p>That which is done out of love always takes place beyond Good and Evil.</p><span class="quote-cite">Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good

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Art and Philosophy of the Spirit Course

Religion and spirituality. Learn about systems of faith and worship. Our contemporary definition of ‘spirit’ is based on the convergence of three streams of knowledge: the impact of Eastern spiritual systems on the West in the 19th century and the parallel re-emergence of the Western stream of esoteric knowledge; followed by a 20th century global culture shaped by Internet technology. In separating the spiritual from the religious, this course investigates a global, culturally... [More]
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Art and Philosophy of the Spirit Course

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History Course: The Legacy of Islamic Civilisations 632-1924

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This course will take you on a journey through the history of Islamic civilisations; beginning with the Dark Ages in the 7th Century, through the Renaissance in the 16th century, until the beginning of the 20th century when the Ottoman Caliphate was abolished in 1924. The Dark Ages was a particularly interesting period, with Islamic civilisations flourishing and stretching from China in the East to Spain in the West. In what ways can... [More]
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History Course: The Legacy of Islamic Civilisations 632-1924

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>This course will take you on a journey through the history of Islamic civilisations; beginning with the Dark Ages in the 7th Century, through the

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