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These courses were submitted too late for publication in the current printed prospectus. However, all courses, including these, are listed in the on-line prospectus.
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Dawn of European nation states AD 476 – 1000

H177.01

Daniel Zbytek

New view of history: inflow of climate, genetic prints as a source of knowledge of human migrations, new religions (Christianity and Islam),end of Antiquity, inflow of indo-European, Turkic, Vikings nomads, climatic changes (Medieval Warm Period), new economy (end of slavery and development of feudalism), end of empires and new statehood. Further information available.

Class Numbers: 10 - 30. There are 15 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent and refreshments.
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 2
Starts: Tuesday 3 October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Tuesday 28 November
Contact: Daniel Samotus Zbytek at or o n0415 394 122
Enrolments from: 3/6/2017, after 10 am

How women survive in Austen's novels

ELL096.02

Maureen Bettle

One of the charms of Jane Austen’s fiction lies in her creation of female characters. Very different from each other in character and circumstance, they deal with their world in a range of very different ways. The theme of this course is the range of survival strategies that Austen presents from the manipulations of Lady Susan to the dignified self-sacrifice of Anne Elliott.

Class Numbers: 6 - 12. There are 12 vacancies as of 2017-09-11
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent plus $3 photocopying.
Student Materials: Copies of Northanger Abbey; Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma and Persuasion, Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon
Venue: Hughes CC Library
Starts: Monday 9 October from 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Ends: Monday 13 November
Contact: Maureen Bettle on 62877827
Enrolments from: 9am on 25/09/2017

Medieval Cathedrals of England Plus One

H117.09

Margaret Hollis

A close look at the great cathedrals of England – history, architecture, fixtures, furnishings and treasures. A Power Point presentation with many images accompanies the talks. Note this is a repeat course.

Class Numbers: 10 - 30. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent plus $3.00 if handouts required in hard copy instead of by email
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Monday 9 October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Monday 27 November
Contact: Margaret Hollis at

Ukulele for beginners

M090.04

Michael Rosenberg

The course is designed for people who would like to play the ukulele but don't know where to start. This easy paced program will give you all the basics - how to tune the strings, most frequently used chords, strumming techniques and how to play a variety of songs. By the end of the course you should be able to confidently play about 20 chords and dozens of songs.

Class Numbers: 1 - 15. There are 5 vacancies as of 2017-04-14
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: $25 for whole course, covers room rent and printed notes
Student Materials: Ukulele essential. If you don’t have one contact course leader. Music stand recommended.
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 2
Starts: Monday 9 October from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Ends: Monday 13 November
Contact: Michael Rosenberg
Enrolments from: 04/10/2017 after 10:00 am

The Atom Simplified

SHE054.04

Neale Emanuel

Most people see the word Atom, or even the words Atomic Physics – and read no further. This course aims to demystify the words and provide a basic understanding of them. It is designed for non-scientists and requires no prior knowledge and does not involve maths – it simply requires a little curiosity. We start with the basic structure of the atom in a historical perspective – how they were discovered, the life and times of the scientists involved and progress to related activities such as radioactivity, fusion, fission etc. Further information available.

Class Numbers: 8 - 25. There are 25 vacancies as of 2017-01-19
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent plus $15 photocopying
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Monday 9 October from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Monday 27 November
Contact: Neale Emanuel at
Enrolments from: 15/09/2017 after 9 am

FALL OF EAGLES

H168.02

Lois Dennis

There were three European powers who adopted the Roman imagery of the eagle and the title ‘Caesar’ to denote their empire - the Habsburgs in Austria, the Hohenzollerns in Prussia and the Romanovs in Russia. After centuries of rule all fell within 12 months of each other.

Class Numbers: 6 - 30. There are 30 vacancies as of 2017-06-19
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent, Notes approx. $3
Student Materials: -
Venue: HAGSOC
Starts: Wednesday 11 October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Wednesday 29 November
Contact: Lois Dennis (preferred) or 6242 5241
Enrolments from: 04/10/2017 after 09:00 am

Advanced Stock Market - Doing it Yourself

CUA050.01

Robert Pearson

Required: Basic Understanding of the stockmarket and a desire to do your own investing and stock selection. It is expected that each student will prepare a short summary of at least one chapter from no 6 to the end of the course book. The course will cover data sources, strategy, and an introduction to some tools (access to these tools after the course will have extra charges). Access to these during the course is not needed. Some essentially free sources are also mentioned. Some example spreadsheets well be provided in Open Office Format. Notes in pdf will be e-mailed

Class Numbers: 4 - 8. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent and refreshments
Student Materials: Required: 'The Conscious Investor' by Dr John Price, Wiley 2001. Suggested: ' Buffett Step by Step', by Richard Simmons, Financial Times Pitman, 1999 and 'Value.able' by Roger Montgomery, My 2 Cents Worth Publishing, 2010, available from Roger's website rogermontgomery.com
Venue: Cook CH Room 1
Starts: Thursday 12 October from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Thursday 16 November
Contact: Robert Pearson at or 6241 9037

An Introduction for New Presenters

SHE068.03

Tony Patis

Mainly intended for those who have not presented a course for U3A before. The three sessions offer help on how to select and organise your content, build relations within the group and involve class members in discussion. Planning and teaching activities will be trialed within the class by participants.

Class Numbers: 5 - 15. There are 15 vacancies as of 2017-09-14
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Friday 13 October from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Friday 27 October
Contact: Tony Patis on 6247 3338 or
Enrolments from: 18/9/2017

Pottery For Fun

AF048.08

Suzanne Fox

No previous experience with clay is required. Come and have some fun. Make your own pots for home and garden with an experienced teacher. Learn the basic techniques for hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Explore surface decoration and glazing techniques. This course is 9 weeks in duration for $50.00 which includes your own set of tools, a mask, notes, afternoon tea & room rent. Further information is available to enquirers.

Class Numbers: 6 - 10. There are 6 vacancies as of 2017-09-25
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Course $50 plus Clay $22 per bag, plus firing & glazing-$6 per kilo.
Student Materials: Apron and Towel. 2 Buckets and containers for clay and tools.
Venue: Canberra Potters Society, Watson Arts Centre, Aspinal St. Watson
Starts: Wednesday 18 October from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Ends: Wednesday 13 December
Contact: Suzanne Fox at
Enrolments from: 27/09/2017

Introduction to Tremolo Harmonica

M050.09

Mike Ilchef

An introduction to the tremolo harmonica (mouth organ). They are very popular throughout Asia, have a mellower sound and only need light breath! Do your brain, (and lungs) a big favour by learning this easy new skill. For complete beginners. Computer access essential.

Class Numbers: 4 - 15. There are 15 vacancies as of 2017-10-04
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent.
Student Materials: A 21-hole tremolo harmonica in the Key of C. if necessary contact Mike for harmonica purchase suggestions (from $40)
Venue: Cook Mtg Room
Starts: Thursday 2 November from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Thursday 23 November
Contact: Mike0406 379 625 / (preferred)
Enrolments from: 06/10/2017

Travels in Iran

H179.01

Patrick De Gabriele

An illustrated armchair journey through the glories of ancient Persia and medieval Iran

Class Numbers: 20 - 50. There are 50 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent
Student Materials: -
Venue: Cook CH Rm 3
Starts: Friday 10 November from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Friday 10 November
Contact:
Enrolments from: 31/08/2017

NSW coastal landscapes, their origins and evolution

SHE074.02

Doug Finlayson

The coastal landscapes around southern NSW are spectacular. But how are these coastal landscapes formed? How old are they? This course will take the form of a self-drive, self-cater, 3-day excursion. We will look at the geological processes and rocks and fossils that make up the NSW South Coast landscapes over three days. More information available.

Class Numbers: 15 - 30. There are 30 vacancies as of 2017-06-03
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: NSW south coast accommodation and vehicle expenses
Student Materials: -
Venue: New South Wales coast
Starts: Tuesday 14 November from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ends: Thursday 16 November
Contact: Douglas Finlayson at
Enrolments from: 17/7/2017, after 9am

Syria: Yesterday, Today and ...

H181.01

David Menere

We’ll examine the development of modern Syria, starting from the last days of the Ottoman Empire, examining domestic and regional issues that set the scene for the current conflict. We’ll then look at the evolution of the conflict including the changing role of external interests, media coverage, and how various interests have worked to shape public perceptions.

Class Numbers: N/A. No vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room Rent
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Hall
Starts: Wednesday 15 November from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Wednesday 22 November
Contact: David Menere @

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