History & Society

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
"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 2021. Monday
This is a discussion and research class for people who have an existing knowledge of local Queensland and Bribie Island history. It is essential for students to have done a previous "introduction to local history" class or attended the various history U3A "Insight" sessions. The weekly sessions involve reading and discussing a wide range of books, papers, documents and audio visual material. Students should have a specific interest and personal knowledge of broad aspects of Australia, Queensland and Bribie Island history. Each week a different aspect of history is explored by field trips to places of interest, visits to museums and historic sites, guest speakers, presentations and a sharing of interests and experiences. Friday
This course is a revised and extended look at Global History, examining the development of the modern world through historical periods and events and covering the rise and decline of nation states, from the Holy Roman Empire through to the emergence of 21st century globalism. Much of the material i this course has been covered in the course Global History. Wednesday
This course looks at the meaning of “feminism” and how it relates to women both within themselves and socially. Other areas of this topic covers “Women as private or public property”, their “Voices”, the “Challenges” and “Later Life Ageism”. More complex areas, such as, “misogynies—atrocities, grief and outrage”, together with modern day methods and the changes that are necessary will also be covered. Monday
Discoveries and inventions have changed and influenced the development of the world. This course will examine some of the key inventions and theories have led to what society is today and who we are. Inventions 1 Wednesday Inventions 2 Thursday
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 take participants through the complete trading process, from understanding technical analysis processes, through to risk management and proficiently placing quality trades in any market. The tutor will show you how to recognise chart patterns and identify turning points and likely targets. As well as showing participants a systematic approach, the tutor will let you into some “trading secrets”. A trading software will be provided through various brokers. The STF Trading Method (“six-time-frames”) developed by the tutor allows a more accurate detection of the pivot and entry points. Trading Academy 1 Tuesday Trading Academy 2 Friday
This course is an enthusiast’s look at some “Big Toys” that have captured the imagination and how they came to be. For example: “the “Cutty Sark”, the “Flying Scotsman”, the “Spitfire” and the “Mercedes 300SLR. Wednesday

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