History

The 12 month course will examine the European influence on the history of Australia. It will examine the early European navigators that visited these shores, the first European settlements, both penal and free, and the geography of the continent as experienced by the European land explorers. Following sessions examine the next 200 years and the development of the colonies, states and commonwealth. Thursday
Unravel the complexities of government and social issues in Australia today. Topics discussed are varied and include the founding principles of government, the judicial system, foreign policy, indigenous issues, republicanism as well as issues raised by participants. This makes for a varied and challenging two-term course, where the tutor encourages discussion and employs question and answer techniques. Term 4 is the second half of the course. Wednesday
This is a 2 term course. In part one the group will briefly examine the events of each decade and in part two a more in-depth study of selected events will be undertaken. Sessions will encourage participation from course members in discussion. Thursday
Covering the rise and decline of the nation states, from Holy Roman Empire through to the emergence of 21st century globalism, the course will include 15th century exploration and trade, the rise of new empires including, Russian, Ottoman, Mogul and Chinese through to the age of enlightenment, wars and revolutions of the 20th century. Wednesday
This course will attempt to unpack and understand the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. The course will be for 8 weeks and is a very current topic.
This exciting course is planned to run for a term. You will be guided in examining the Soviet Union from its creation to its collapse: its structures, its strengths and its weaknesses.
This six week course will examine various world organisations, their structure, history and functions and their influence on our world.
This class helps to appreciate the significant role that the Bribie Island area has played in the history of Australia. You learn some amazing facts, meet some pioneers, historians and local authors and visit places of historic interest. The class is for people interested in discovering more about our fascinating history and enjoying hands-on experience of the people, places and things that are part of this special Island community. Information is provided from books, old photos and early newspapers as well as maps and memorabilia that reveal both past history and present progress. Classes are quite informal. There is a general plan for each week of the term with a mix of history topics, combined with field trips to places of interest and special guests invited to talk to the group and display personal items of interest. Class members are encouraged to uncover something new and interesting to contribute actively to the group experience. Each week is a different learning experience, combined with your own reading and research. Friday
This exciting 2 term course covering the first aviators to the sound barrier and beyond, will investigate the trail blazers of the 1920’s and 30’s, the contribution of women and the development of commercial and military aviation. Thursday
This Term 1 course presented by tutor Juri Linins will take you from the early race to be first to put a manned craft into space, and the first moon landing, to the subsequent space missions, their purpose and successes and then investigate the various space craft and the implications of living and travelling in space. Wednesday

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