Course Notes

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Course Leaders: Jetse and Martine Kalma
We will first take a global view at climate change and the transition from hunting-and-gathering to sedentary agriculture which commenced about 12,000-10,000 years ago. This transition was a gigantic catalyst for human civilisation and we will review some recent speculative studies on how humans adjusted to the new conditions. After a brief overview of climate change and climate variability since the arrival of the First Australians some 40,000-60,000 years ago, we discuss how indigenous peoples have interacted with the natural environment.  In the final part of the course we will report on recent studies which have concluded that the pre-1788 economy and indigenous cultures may traditionally have been grossly undervalued. In particular we will review evidence from food production, hunting, fire management, fishing, aquaculture, housing and technology which supports an alternative view of pre-colonial Aboriginal society.
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Course Leader: Bert Browne
The 1,000 years of the Holy Roman Empire was a grand experiment involving many diverse people and cultures and their relationship to each other. Has it any relevance to the EU community?
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Course Leader: Robert Colomb
The Ottomans were a Turkish dynasty that supplanted the Byzantine Empire, capturing Constantinople in 1453. This course examines the Ottomans, from the entry of the Turkish people into history in the First Century BCE, to the proclamation of the Turkish Republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk after the First World War. Beside the rulers and battles, the story includes the political, military and economic environment of the Ottoman state during its rise and decline, together with the internal organisation which supported its rise, and its corruption that accompanied the fall of the Empire.
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Course Leader: Robert Colomb
This series looks at the history of Russia from the Slavic migrations after the collapse of the western Roman Empire up to the death of Stalin. There will be four parts: Kievan Rus, Muscovy, Russian Empire and Reform and Revolution. We will consider not only the political and military developments, but also the society and the geopolitical environment during each period. Some attention will be paid to artistic and architectural aspects.
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Course Leader: Dr. Jeanne Boote
The aim of this course is for you to: Reflect on and recognise your preferred way/s of thinking; Further develop your skills in various alternative ways of thinking; Become familiar with some very basic terms and aspects of Philosophy; Become familiar with some elements of coherent arguments; Become aware of some of the problems that can arise in points of view (written and verbal); Become more confident about philosophically discussing a topic.
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Course Leaders: Chris Cull and Robert Colomb
With contributions by Jeanne Boote, Felicity Boyd and David Ardagh.
Directed discussion on a designated philosophical topic each month: information and teachings of a particular philosopher, a current issue that needs unpacking to understand properly, a specific philosophical problem (e.g. how should we behave). Some topics will be selected and led by the convenors. Members of the group can also propose to research and lead discussion on a topic of their choice – if members agree, the proposer would then lead that session.
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