History & Society

This is a one term unit which covers flight and flyers from hot air balloons to moon landings. Discussion topics will include: balloons and dirigibles, early flyers up to WW1, pioneers, airline builders, WW1 and WW2, the jet age-military and civil, experimental flying and space flight. Wednesday
This is a 1 term course examining the history, culture and lifestyle of some of the ancient civilisations. This term will concentrate on the Roman civilisation Wednesday
The extensive nature of the Australian history program covers four terms throughout the year, each dealing with a specific theme. Discovery to Federation is covered in Term 1. This unit covers the time from the Ancient Greeks, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance up to the Age of Discovery of the Portuguese and Dutch, their journeys to the Indies and subsequently to the journeys of Cook, European settlement and early explorations. In subsequent terms Exploring and Developing Australia Federation to 2000 and Australia in the World will be covered. Thursday
Aboriginal studies provides an enriched understanding of this continent's cultural, social and political heritage. This course is designed to provide members with the opportunity to learn, understand and appreciate the complexity of the rich and diverse culture of Australia's first people. Through a clearer understanding of our indigenous past, a stronger link, through diversity, can be realised. Tuesday
This course explores the rich history and heritage of Bribie Island, form the earliest times, exploration, settlement and development. It provides insight into buildings, people, places and events that make Bribie such a special place to live. The course is open to all members especially newcomers. Members enrolled in this course will be expected to do some private reading and participate in heritage walks and field trips. Friday
This course will look at Central Asia’s place in world history from the time of the Silk Roads to modern times. It will be a geopolitical study of the region which has for many centuries been impacted from civilization from all directions. The course will be structured to include overlays of the region’s geography and political history, and the resulting demographics of the many peoples which make up the nations states of today. Friday
"Social and Cultural History of Australia" deals with the manner in which all of those processes which came to make Australia affected its inhabitants - both Indigenous and Migratory. It deals with the affect the settlement had on the natural inhabitants, the manner in which they were taken over and the reaction of the people to this dispossession of their tribal lands. The differences in the opposing cultures are highlighted, but the program is not a dissertation on the history of the aboriginal people. It also deals with how the settling inhabitants managed such a diverse and new environment, how they struggled to survive, how they accommodated every problematic issue that came their way until they reached a situation where the various communities felt the need to join together  for their own protection, and to make their way in the then modern world. Issues that affected the Australian psyche throughout the 200 year plus history of the people such as the drive for federation , two world wars, minor skirmishes internationally, the Great Depression, political and economic upheaval and the dawn of the great age of technology, as well as the influence of other "alien" cultures on our own, all play their part  in this explanation of the social and cultural processes at play right from 1788 to 2020, and into 2022. Monday
People are socialised into behaviours, such as queuing at checkouts or wearing clothes in public, but few people questions these taken-for-granted behaviours. In this class, participants explore the sociological interpretations of everyday life. Each week different social issues, such as crime, education, health, age, organisations and social change are evaluated and discussed. Sociology 1 Wednesday Sociology 2 Thursday
This course is designed to help participants analyse shares, bonds, options and ETFs. The tutor will also talk about the basics of economics and finance as well as interest rates, commodities and currencies. The tutor is a retired economist who worked for stockbrokers in Australia and overseas. Friday

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