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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.
Courses are listed in order of course starting date.

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The Universe and its Lifeforms

SHE081.01

Neale Emanuel

Using as a basis one of the Great Courses of the World on life in our Universe, we explore the Cosmos and the conditions for the existence of Life. A truly exciting course. Further information available.

Class Numbers: 8 - 25. There are 25 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: $25 including room rent and morning tea
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Tuesday 6 June from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Tuesday 22 August
Contact: Neale Emanuel at
Enrolments from: 20/05/2017, after 9 am

The nuts & bolts of teaching English in China

ELL098.01

Alex Olah

This short course (two hours) will cover practical aspects of teaching English in China, such as: qualifications and documents required; conditions of employment; teaching load; subjects; class sizes. Alex Olah and his wife Vera recently returned to Canberra after teaching English for six years at the China University of Petroleum, Qingdao (www.upc.edu.cn). More information available.

Class Numbers: 15 - 30.
Costs: $2.00 for room rent and morning tea
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Thursday 8 June from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Thursday 8 June
Contact: Alex Olah at

Crossing Cultural Frontiers

H174.01

Marcia Fletcher

Explores themes of trade, colonisation, forced and voluntary migration, science, innovation and human ingenuity. The Colour Blue: The quest for more desirable blues; how artists have used a variety of blues in painting, ceramics, glass, textiles, and, the status and symbolism of blue in different cultures. Ceramics: Evolution of one of the oldest human technologies from earthenware to stoneware and then to porcelain. Goth: What’s in a word? Goth’s etymology takes us from ancient Germanic people through Gothic architecture and Art to the Goth youth subculture of the late 20thC.

Class Numbers: 12 - 34. There are 34 vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Wednesday 21 June from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Wednesday 16 August
Contact: Marcia Fletcher at 6286 2964 or
Enrolments from: 27/03/2017 after 9 am

The ANU Classics Museum: Living in the Ancient World

H175.01

Philip Finley

Four 2hour 30 minute sessions will focus on items in the collection of the ANU Classics Museum – to reveal what these items can tell us about life in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds – and also to explore the stories of some of the items themselves and how they made their way to the Museum.

Class Numbers: 12 - 18. There are 18 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: $40 per person. This includes morning teas.
Student Materials: Pen and paper, cup for tea or coffee. Photos are permitted, but no flash.
Venue: AD Hope Building, Ellery Crescent, Australian National University
Starts: Monday 26 June from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ends: Monday 17 July
Contact: Randall Falkiner
Enrolments from: 05/06/2017 after 10:00 am

Learn to Play Pitch and Putt Golf

R065.01

Tony Dorrell

This is a course for those who have always wanted to learn to play golf. Each participant will be taught the basics of golf. How to swing a golf club. How to putt. The rules of golf will be included in the course. Pitch and Putt golf differs from golf in that the course is shorter. Greens are typically only up to 70meters. It is suitable for seniors. More information available.

Class Numbers: 8 - 12. There are 12 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Approximately $20 per session. This includes hire and green fees.
Student Materials: Golf clubs and practice balls can be hired at the Canberra International Pitch and Putt Club.
Venue: Canberra International Pitch and Putt, Narrabundah
Starts: Monday 26 June from 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Ends: Monday 10 July
Contact: Tony Dorrell at
Enrolments from: 19/6/2017, after 9am

Some aspects of Chinese culture

H178.01

Alex Olah

Alex Olah and his wife spent 6 years (2009 - 2016) teaching English at a university in Qingdao. On 8 June he ran a short course on "Teaching in China".  This next talk will focus on cultural issues.  Some of the questions Alex will attempt to answer are: Differences 1984- 2016? (They had a posting in Beijing 1984-86).  Why does one notice so few old people in China?  How many Chinese are left-handed?  Why do many young Chinese admire Jewish people?  Does the game "Chinese Whispers" work in China? What is the Gao Kao, and why is it so important in China?

Class Numbers: 15 - 30. There are 30 vacancies as of 2017-06-17
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent coffee and tea $2.00
Student Materials: -
Venue: Hughes CC Rm 3
Starts: Tuesday 4 July from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Tuesday 4 July
Contact: Alex Olah
Enrolments from: 23/06/2017

With Love From the Grands

ELL009.10

Heather Lawson

The Course encourages participants to write their own stories of their childhood for their grandchildren. This particular course is for those who missed out on the February 17 course and were placed on a waiting list. They should confirm their place to me asap.

Class Numbers: 6 - 14. There are No vacancies as of 2017-06-22
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Room rent, BYO cup
Student Materials: Note Book, Pen, Text books provided.
Venue: Cook Mtg Room
Starts: Thursday 6 July from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Thursday 21 September
Contact: Heather Lawson on 6241 7705.
Enrolments from: 29/06/2017 after 9:00 am

Finding a sense of purpose in a world of diminishing employment opportunities

SBS027.01

Annette Fisher and Peter Carden

This course looks ahead to the possibilities of a future when employment may not be part of our sense of purpose. Instead of being frightened by social changes brought on by new technology, we will explore possibilities which are environmentally sustainable and lead to a satisfying life. You will be invited to participate in group discussion, and encouraged to research your own interests and bring them back to the group.

Class Numbers: 6 - 10. There are 10 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent
Student Materials: -
Venue: Baptist Church, Groom St, Hughes
Starts: Thursday 20 July from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ends: Thursday 24 August
Contact: Annette Fisher - or 0418 246 187 Peter Carden - or 6288 9294
Enrolments from: 1/5/2017 9am-5pm

Easy International Folk Dancing

R060.03

Lyn Woodbury and Janelle Chalker

This is third term of the beginners' course in easy international folk dancing. New dancers are welcome, all dances are taught and no partner is necessary. Come along, have fun, get fit and enjoy dancing to wonderful music.

Class Numbers: 10 - 45. There are 10 vacancies as of 2017-06-28
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent and refreshments
Student Materials: Dance shoes or shoes with white or light coloured soles (e.g. cheap sneakers)
Venue: Classical Ballet Centre, Cook Community Hub
Starts: Monday 24 July from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Monday 11 September
Contact: Merelyn at
Enrolments from: 30/06/2017 after 9:00 am

The Microbe Hunters

SHE082.01

John Thompson

We look at who discovered that micro-organisms were found to cause many diseases and the methods used to prevent them.

Class Numbers: 4 - 15. There are 15 vacancies
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent plus 50 cents for photocopied notes.
Student Materials: -
Venue: Cook CH Room 1
Starts: Wednesday 2 August from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Wednesday 23 August
Contact: John Thompson on 6249 8446 or
Enrolments from: 01/06/2017

Acton Discussion Group: An Eclectic Introduction to China

ELL071.08

Margaret Sainsbury

A series of presentations looking at political, cultural, historical and literary aspects of this intriguing country.

Class Numbers: 15 - 30. There are 8 vacancies as of 2017-06-15
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent, refreshments
Student Materials: -
Venue: Baptist Church, Groom St, Hughes
Starts: Friday 1 September from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Friday 20 October
Contact: Margaret Sainsbury at
Enrolments from: 6/7/2017, after 9 am

Introduction to Harmonica

M050.08

Mike Ilchef

An introduction to the harmonica (mouth organ). Do your brain, and lungs, a big favour by learning this easy new skill. For complete beginners. Bring a diatonic (10 hole) harmonica in the Key of C. Computer access essential.

Class Numbers: 4 - 15. There are 15 vacancies as of 2017-06-21
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent.
Student Materials: A 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the Key of C.
Venue: Cook CH Room 1
Starts: Thursday 7 September from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Ends: Thursday 28 September
Contact: Mike0406 379 625 / (preferred)
Enrolments from: 27/07/2017 after 8:00 am

Contact on the Frontier : stories from the meeting and experiences of Europeans and Aboriginal people on the Australian frontiers

H167.02

Peter White

This course tells a wide variety of the stories and experiences of many people from both sides of the Australian frontiers, as European and Aboriginal societies first met and interacted. What did happen on the many frontiers – what historians call the “contact period “? Illustrated with many Powerpoint slides. (Repeat of H167.01). Further information available.

Class Numbers: 15 - 50. There are 30 vacancies as of 2017-06-11
Waiting List taken: Yes
Costs: Room rent, small cost for handouts
Student Materials: -
Venue: Cook CH Rm 3
Starts: Saturday 9 September from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Ends: Saturday 25 November
Contact: Peter White (preferred) or 6258 9354
Enrolments from: 11/06/2017

Musical Innovators and Consolidators

M095.01

Eric Anderson

A musical exploration of the use of both old and new elements in creative works from Monteverdi onwards. A gentle voyage of discovery for those with an interest in serious music - no prior knowledge of the noble art required, just enthusiasm. Come and enjoy.

Class Numbers: 6 - 17. There are 17 vacancies
Waiting List taken: No
Costs: Gold coin donation to cover refreshments
Student Materials: -
Venue: Private home in Stirling
Starts: Tuesday 26 September from 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Ends: Tuesday 31 October
Contact: Eric Anderson at
Enrolments from: 14/8/2017, after 12 noon

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

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

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

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