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Possums, Power, Passion and People - Australia and the Protection of its Environment

Learn about Australia’s history that began with a European mindset that was determined to transform an ancient landscape into a typical English countryside at great costs to its environment and indigenous peoples. Why did some 19th Century citizens raise the alarm at the ‘wanton destruction’ of Australian forests? Why did some 20th Century citizens rally to protect the Great Barrier Reef and the Tasmanian wilderness? Why do ‘jobs and growth’ continue to blind us to the ‘canary in... [More]

Biology and Destiny

A perennial topic for philosophical speculation is the question of personal autonomy, or ‘what we can choose’ versus ‘what is pre-ordained for us’ and it is now coming into the realm of experimental science. We may soon be in the uncomfortable position of being provided with answers! In this course we will discuss various aspects of what its detractors call ‘biological determinism’, we will discuss relevant ideas and findings from contemporary genetics, neurobiology and... [More]

Wombats, Wattle, Wilderness, World Heritage & Wellbeing

This course will introduce you to Australia’s amazing wilderness – which like the rest of the world’s wilderness is disappearing due to human modification of the land. Learn about its history, breathtaking beauty and why it is so very important looking into the future. Wombats too are endangered – what makes these unique creatures important and what can we do to protect them? The Blue Mountains, Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef are just some of Australia’s World Heritage... [More]