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The Age of Adolescence: Fact or Fiction?

Explore the meaning of adolescence and delve into the history of its creation. This includes discussing its beginnings, why and how the concept of adolescence was created and the influence it has had on both popular culture and academia. Discuss what society was like when adolescence did not exist, for when you live in a time when 50 is considered a grand old age and (if female) you’re married off at 13, there is no room for the identity crisis we now define as adolescence. With... [More]
$81 Limited inc GST / $73
The Age of Adolescence: Fact or Fiction?

<p>Explore the meaning of adolescence and delve into the history of its creation. This includes discussing its beginnings, why and how the concept of adolescence was created and the influence it has

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$81 Limited inc GST / $73
The Age of Adolescence: Fact or Fiction?

<p>Explore the meaning of adolescence and delve into the history of its creation. This includes discussing its beginnings, why and how the concept of adolescence was created and the influence it has

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Exercise Your Brain with Amusing Mathematical Problems

Amusing mathematics stimulates logical and creative thinking in order to find solutions of particular problems and discover the beauty of mathematics. During the classes, the students will work independently and in small groups with the support of the teacher on solving a variety of recreational mathematical problems. These problems are known for centuries introduced in Liber Abaci (1202) by Leonardo of Pisa known as Fibonacci; Problems to Sharpen the Young (circa. 9th century) by... [More]
$113 Limited inc GST / $102
Exercise Your Brain with Amusing Mathematical Problems

<p>Amusing mathematics stimulates logical and creative thinking in order to find solutions of particular problems and discover the beauty of mathematics. During the classes, the students will work

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Guillaume Pitron - The Dark Side of Clean Energy & Digital Technologies

Guillaume Pitron’s book of 2018, entitled ‘The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies’ cuts across conventional environmental thinking to probe the hidden, dark side of green technology. Based upon six years of research, across a dozen countries, the book argues that by breaking free of fossil fuels, we are setting ourselves up for a new dependence on rare metals such as cobalt, gold, and palladium. These rare metals, the production of which is... [More]
$29 Limited inc GST
Guillaume Pitron - The Dark Side of Clean Energy & Digital Technologies

<p>Guillaume Pitron’s book of 2018, entitled ‘The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies’ cuts across conventional environmental thinking to probe the hidden, dark

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Nietzsche: An Introduction

Nietzsche is famous for his theories of: Nihilism; The Eternal Return; Will to Power; Master/ Slave Morality; God is dead; Free Spirits. This course we will undertake a comprehensive introduction to these ideas and many more. We will read selections from Nietzsche’s early, middle and late works; we will see the development of his ideas and grapple with his complex, poetic /philosophical style. Central to Nietzsche’s philosophy of life, is that he wants to teach people to live as... [More]
$278 Limited inc GST / $250
Nietzsche: An Introduction

<p>Nietzsche is famous for his theories of: Nihilism; The Eternal Return; Will to Power; Master/ Slave Morality; God is dead; Free Spirits. This course we will undertake a comprehensive introduction

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The Short Story: A Workshop for Creative Writing

Most avid readers have a story of their own to tell but it is often difficult to put pen to paper. The right words tend to escape and the eager writer is left frustrated with a blank page and an untold story. The pandemic has helped little to alleviate this, with creatives in a variety of professions complaining of feeling uninspired. Nonetheless, there are a number of tools and techniques available to beat writer’s block and to bring life to a short story of 500 words or less (the... [More]
$39 Limited inc GST
The Short Story: A Workshop for Creative Writing

<p>Most avid readers have a story of their own to tell but it is often difficult to put pen to paper. The right words tend to escape and the eager writer is left frustrated with a blank page and an

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Science of Dolphins and Dolphin Therapy

In this course you will discover dolphins from their morphological and physiological adaptations to life in seawater to their socialisation, vocalisation, and their intelligence. We will also learn the difference between Dolphin Therapy and Dog Therapy used in hospital, retirement homes, schools and prisons. Films will be presented and you may experience yourself Dolphin Therapy via virtual reality. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face SUGGESTED READING Dolphin Within, Dr Olivia de Bergerac,... [More]
$221 Limited inc GST / $199
The Science of Dolphins and Dolphin Therapy

<p>In this course you will discover dolphins from their morphological and physiological adaptations to life in seawater to their socialisation, vocalisation, and their intelligence. We will also learn

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The Way We Learn: Exploring the Concept of Intelligence and How it Impacts Learning

Though formal education tells us the contrary, intelligence is in fact a subjective and relative concept that changes with the tides of time. This means exploring and finding one’s own learning style is crucial to individual educational development. Regardless of what type of intelligence society may be valuing at the time, the one consistent knowledge the learner can have (unfettered by the surrounding opinions of their social environment) is the recognition of their own type of... [More]
$239 Limited inc GST / $215
The Way We Learn: Exploring the Concept of Intelligence and How it Impacts Learning

<p>Though formal education tells us the contrary, intelligence is in fact a subjective and relative concept that changes with the tides of time. This means exploring and finding one’s own learning

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$239 Limited inc GST / $215
The Way We Learn: Exploring the Concept of Intelligence and How it Impacts Learning

<p>Though formal education tells us the contrary, intelligence is in fact a subjective and relative concept that changes with the tides of time. This means exploring and finding one’s own learning

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The End of Socialism?

This course seeks to explore Socialism as an ‘ideal’ practical political system. An ideal that apparently has all but disappeared from our agenda in contemporary political debate. The origins of Socialism will be explored, in particular, its relationship to Capitalism; its key tenets identified and assessed. The successes &/or failures of Socialism as a practical political system will be analyzed, in terms of the ‘records’ of self-professed ‘Socialist’ regimes in, e.g. Latin... [More]
$102 Limited inc GST / $92
The End of Socialism?

<p>This course seeks to explore Socialism as an ‘ideal’ practical political system. An ideal that apparently has all but disappeared from our agenda in contemporary political debate. The origins of

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Introduction to Kant

Kant is a towering figure in the history of Philosophy, he profoundly influences all later developments in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory and aesthetics. He synthesized early modern rationalism and empiricism. In this course we will take his three major works: Critique of Pure Reason;( science and the categories of the human mind) Critique of Practical Reason; (the basis of morality and law) Critique of the Power of Judgment, (the human relation to nature and... [More]
$278 Limited inc GST / $250
Introduction to Kant

<p>Kant is a towering figure in the history of Philosophy, he profoundly influences all later developments in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory and aesthetics. He synthesized early

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$278 Limited inc GST / $250
Introduction to Kant

<p>Kant is a towering figure in the history of Philosophy, he profoundly influences all later developments in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory and aesthetics. He synthesized early

...

If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Finding an Audience for Your Writing - Stepping Out into the World of Publishers, Pitches and Podcasts

This course looks at the process of writing for an audience, finding the right niche for your work, and the approaches to pitching your writing to publishers, big and small. We will examine the process of ‘defining’ your genre (e.g., biography, fantasy, crime, science fiction, historical novel, etc.), plotting a pathway to progress your writing, including through smaller publications, not for profit publishing (e.g., for community magazines) competitions, the process and details of... [More]
$81 Limited inc GST / $73
Finding an Audience for Your Writing - Stepping Out into the World of Publishers, Pitches and Podcasts

<p>This course looks at the process of writing for an audience, finding the right niche for your work, and the approaches to pitching your writing to publishers, big and small. We will examine the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.