AMERICAN WILD WEST (19th century) - Wednesday 11.30am - 1.30pm
For many of us the U.S. "wild west" was probably presented through "Cowboy and Indian" films! However the American West is much more than that and this course includes such things as early exploration, socio-economic history and some of the wests more interesting characters!
The course will be presented in PowerPoint, DVDs and notes.
ANCIENT BELIEF: from STONE AGE to about 100 AD - Tuesday 9.00am -11.00am
Year 1 (Need to complete Year 1 before Year 2)
Term 1. Prehistoric Australian Belief, Early Ancient Age
Term 2. Ancient Belief, History & Religion c. 2000BC to c.600BC
Term 3. Belief & Religion - Ancient Empires: Assyrian, Greek, Persian, Roman, India, China, Philosophy & Wisdom to about 6BC
Term 4. Maccabees, Herod, Early Roman Empire, Jesus & Apostles - 100AD
ANCIENT BELIEF: RELIGIONS, EXPERIENCE & HISTORY - Thursday 9.00am - 11.00
FROM ABOUT 6BC TO PRESENT
Year Two (Need to complete Year 1 before Year 2)
Term 1. Christian growth in East, Europe & Britain, Muslim Empire
Term 2. Middle, Manorial & Feudal Ages. Crusades, Early Reforms
Term 3. Major Reformers, Anglican Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant & Radical
Term 4. Enlightenment, Science, Darwin, Atheism, Australian Politics.
ANCIENT EGYPT'S AMAZING HISTORY TERM 3 & 4 - Wednesday 2.00pm -4.00pm
Ancient Egyptian civilisation, extraordinarily impressive and mysterious, lasted longer than any other. This introductory survey course covers the 3000 year span from the Unification of Upper and Lower Egypt to the death of Cleopatra, last of the Ptolemy rulers. No previous knowledge necessary.
ARCHAEOLOGY of ANCIENT & INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA - Wednesday - 9.00am - 11.00am
Discover how Australia broke away from Antarctica 100 million years ago. When
did Tasmania become isolated by sea from the Australian mainland? Who or
what caused the extinction of Australian megafauna 40,000 years ago? Learn
about indigenous tribal groups, yuree totems and Toowoomba's Battle of One
Tree Hill. For an insight into Australia's pre-history up to early Colonial times,
join Bruce's archaeology class. Just bring message stick and charcoal! (Pen and
paper). Notes supplied
CHINA'S MAGNIFICENT HISTORY - Wednesday 2.00pm - 4.00pm
China with its fascinating history and distinctive culture, is one of the oldest and most enduring civilisations on earth. This introductory survey course will take you on a journey through 4000 years of its history from Sage King Yao to Communist Chairman Mao. No previous know-ledge necessary.
CHURCH HISTORY from the PAST THOUSAND YEARS - Wednesday - 9.00am - 10.30am
This non-sectarian course will look at stories from around the world. Topics include pilgrimages, the Crusades, the rise of universities, church-state relationships, the Reformations, overseas mission and the rise of secularism - and how all of these things affect our world today. We will look at key men and
women in the history of the Church (as well as notable writers of Church history), important turning points in Christian history and cultural expressions of the faith such as art, music and architecture. We will even look at the place of coffee in Church history
EARLY INDIAN THOUGHT - Wednesday _ 2.00pm - 4.00pm
This course will look at two fundamental questions that were asked by the Vedic people of India.
(1) How did this universe come about?
(2) How do we fit into this world? Or what is our role? Or what is the purpose of life?
These two fundamental human questions spawn many other related questions and issues, including how we know what truth is.
FAMILY HISTORY - Beginners Thursday 11.30am - 1.30pm
Suitable for the beginner who wants to find out how to research their family histories. Must be computer and internet literate. Laptop or other device suitable for class (optional). Places are limited
FAMILY HISTORY - Forum Monday 9.00am - 11.00am
Researching your family history can be rewarding but frustrating when we are blocked by a brick wall. In our group we discuss various methods to, maybe help you over, or at least, sidestep this wall. Anyone who has been researching their family history is welcome to attend. Our discussions are interesting and lively, sometimes off topic, but we each learn from one another. This group is NOT for beginners.
ORIGIN OF THE BIBLE - (continuing) - Wednesday - 1.30pm - 3.30pm
We continue our examination of the origins of the New Testament, this time focusing on Luke's gospel.
While we will be discussing authorship, possible intended audience, sources used and place of origin, the main study will be of Luke's themes of Christian Mission, Christian discipleship and Christian identity in the early second century of the Roman Empire. The group size is confined to twelve places and requires
an open mind willing to accept challenges to commonly held views on the interpretation of the New Testament literature. A Community Bible is provided to facilitate ease of reference and discussion along with extensive notes
PERSIA UNVEILED - THE MAKING OF IRAN Friday 9.00am - 11.00am
This course will cover the world of Islamic Iran with focus on the Abbasid Caliphate, Mongols and Turks, the Safavids and the emergence of modern Iran.
There will be special emphasis upon sources both literary and archaeological.
There are no course prerequisites. Just bring your sense of curiosity and wonder!
ROMAN EMPIRE - 27BC - 138AD - Tuesday 11.30am - 1.30pm
This course survey the history of the Roman Empire from the first Emperor Augustus up until the end of the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. It also includes the historians who recorded the history of this period, including both Greek and Roman historians. The course ends with an evaluation of the achievements of
the Roman Empire and its ultimate fall. This course presented with PowerPoints, DVDs and notes
WEAVING A FAMILY HISTORY TAPESTRY Monday 11.30am - 1.30pm
We are an enthusiastic group of writers who are focused on composing exciting stories about our families. You will be shown ideas on how to weave names, dates and places into historical and personal stories resulting in a fascinating narrative. Goals are set each week to help you along your journey. You must be prepared to read your stories out in class, as we may discuss ideas to help develop your writing