Archaeology and history
The continuing education program offers special interest and educational courses with a difference focusing on art, archaeology, culture, history, science, literature and writing, music and life skills.
A Celtic myth: The history and heritage of Ireland
Concentrating on its archaeology, discover the heritage and development of Irish culture from the prehistoric period through to the 16th century. Examine a range of sites - from megalithic tombs and ring forts through the introduction of Christianity and its many monasteries, to the invasions of the Vikings, Normans and Cromwell’s armies. Question the role of the ‘Celts’ in the development of Irish Culture and discuss whether the Celtic myths are merely that – pure myth - with the Irish developing their own identity which originates in the distant past and did not rely on the arrival of people from central Europe to create the image that is so commonly displayed today.
|Chris Carter||7 February||Tuesday||6-8pm||4||$180||Join our mailing list|
A taste of history
Uncover the best and worst of historical food, from Ancient Rome to the twentieth-century. Discover the joy that was medieval pastries and things you really didn't want to know about early margarine. Learn about famous chefs and their recipes. Learn about Australia in the 1950s and Britain during the Blitz.
|Gillian Polack||7 February||Tuesday||6-8pm||8||$310||Join our mailing list|
Alexander the Great
When Alexander set out to see the world, he changed the course of world history and brought about a new political and cultural order. Discover and analyse Alexander's life and the controversies surrounding his ethnicity, personality and deeds.
|Sven Erlic||2017 dates TBC||6-7:30pm||6 sessions||$||Join our mailing list|
Join us in discovering the mysteries and wonders of Mesopotamia - the cradle for the world's great ancient civilisations; Sumeria, Babylon and Assyria. Now long dead, we owe these civilisations a cultural debt. Many of the basic principles of mathematics and astronomy were invented in Mesopotamia, and some English words can even be traced back to its languages.
|Paul Howles||10 October||Tuesday||6-8pm||6||$250||Enrol now|
Archaeology and death
What happens when we die and how can human remains provide us with information about how we once lived? Explore how death can reveal life to us. If you love CSI then you will love this course.
|Chris Carter||2017 dates TBC||6-8pm||4||$||Join our mailing list|
Australia and the Great War
Explore the Australian experience of the First World War - in particular, the role of the Great War in the development of Australia’s national identity and how it remains a pressing and controversial issue.
|Walter Kudrycz||2017 dates TBC||6-8pm||8||$||Join our mailing list|
Why, when and how were the Vikings able to conquer large parts of the world? Investigate the concept of the Viking age from an archaeological perspective.
|Magdalena Schmid||2017 dates TBC||6-8pm||4||$||Join our mailing list|
Histories of empires in literature and film
Be taken on a journey through some of the best contemporary and twentieth-century film and literature from Australia and Britain. Explore how these works' imaginative engagement with history, mythologies of empires have shaped our understanding of history.
|Christine Regan||9 February||Thursdays||6-8pm||8||$310||Join our mailing list|
History at the movies
This epic course will examine the ways in which the past is presented to us in movies. The course is based on the idea that movies have played a major role in the construction of our idea of the past.
|Walter Kudrycz||15 August||Tuesday||6-8pm||8||$295||Enrol now|
Hildegard of Bingen: Her life and thought
Hildegard of Bingen – a twelfth-century Benedictine nun, visionary, philosopher, composer and leader. Examine her writings, musical compositions, and images to discover how her formative years shaped her outlook, visions and self-image as a prophet.
|Julie Hotchin||10 October||Tuesday||6-8pm||6||$250||Enrol now|
In search of ancient Israel
Ancient Israel lived in an era surrounded by the rise and fall of great empires – the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians and Hittites. It was this world, a literate world humming with life and war, that you will decipher texts and archaeological records to reconstruct their history and origins.
|Paul Howles||2017 dates TBC||6-8pm||6||$||Join our mailing list|
Introduction to archaeology
Discover the budding archaeologist enthusiast within, in this course designed to provide a basic understanding of the depth and breadth of archaeology.
|Chris Carter||2017 dates TBC||6-8pm||6||$||Join our mailing list|
Medieval thought and literature
Medieval culture is a fascinating paradox. Some aspects are compelling because they seem so alien, yet you will find notions of individualism, spirituality, emotional intensity, and even romantic love that you'll recognise as being strikingly modern. Join us on a journey through the medieval cultural landscape.
|Walter Kudrycz||1 May||Monday||6-8pm||8||$310||Join our mailing list|
Oral history for beginners
Ensure your family history is preserved. Discover the techniques and principles of oral history to record and preserve individual and community life-stories and experiences. Oral history offers an immediate and individual perspective on historical events which cannot be found in written or official sources. Start your family chronicles today.
|Judith Winternitz||18 July||Tuesday||6-8pm||8||$295||Enrol now|
Shakespeare in a heartbeat
Fall in love with Shakespeare! Discover a rich understanding of the plays, verse, imagery, characters and lines of Shakespeare that your teenage self never appreciated. Looking at selected prose and plays, delve into the depths of story-telling, and discover the beauty and power of language.
|Gordana Platisa||11 October||Wednesday||6-8pm||8||$295||Enrol now|
The Egyptian new kingdom
Egypt was at its zenith, ruled by a succession of powerful pharaohs who commanded respect from the surrounding states. But tensions existed within this seemingly mighty edifice, while their enemy was gaining strength in the north. Examine the opulent pharaonic state, the international world of the period and their eventual demise.
|Paul Howles||2017 dates TBC||6-8pm||6||$||Join our mailing list|
The Medieval Crusades
The Crusades are among the most important events in world history. As well as discussing themes of religion, society, warfare, and culture; meet outstanding historical individuals such as Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, Peter the Hermit, and Baldwin the leper king of Jerusalem.
|Walter Kudrycz||6 February||Mondays||6-8pm||8||$275||Join our mailing list|
Where the rivers run
A history of the Murrumbidgee, Darling and Murray rivers: examine the rich prehistory and history of the Murrumbidgee, Darling and Murray Rivers in NSW and explore the forces that have shaped the wildlife that etch out an existence in its highly variable conditions.
|Chris Carter||9 February||Thursdays||6-8pm||4||$180||Join our mailing list|