Clarence University of the Third Age
|Scrabble enables you to increase your word power and have some fun at the same time. Bring a set along if you have one. This class is suitable for beginners as well as experienced players.|
|M312||CONTINUING BASIC BRIDGE||NOELENE JACKSON|
|This is a continuing course and is not a course for beginners.|
|Class maximum 12|
|M313||EXPANSION OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE||FRED THORNETT|
|We will examine the broad history of the Russian empire from its 9th Century beginnings in Novgorod and Kiev to the rise of Moscow and its emergence as the first pan-Russia state under Ivan the First and the expulsion of Russia’s Mongol overlords. Then we shall consider the continual increase of the Russian empire under subsequent Tsars and their Bolshevik successors. There will be lots of pictures, many anecdotes and amazing tales from a huge country that has been invaded and devastated. No prior knowledge needed. Class participation welcome.
Fred has visited Russia many times and has lived there. He has travelled to most parts of European Russia and once to the far east of Russia. He returned from a two month trip to Moscow and Alma Ata in July 2006. His wife is Russian and he has met many interesting Russians. History is one of Fred’s hobbies so he has studied something of the history of the largest land empire that has ever existed. Fred holds several formal qualifications in areas unrelated to Russia but which have assisted his learning about the Russian Empire.
|M314||HIGHER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH||HILARY FAWCETT|
|Conversation is an important element of this course along with other aspects of language learning.
Hilary has degrees in Medieval History and in French. She worked in music administration and stumbled into teaching via U3A.
|Class limit 8||Levy $5|
|M315||CHARACTERS OF LONDON||PETER SOUTHGATE|
|This course is being repeated by popular request.|
|M316||A SPICY HISTORY||DAVID LEAMAN|
|Trace the fascinating 5000-year history of sice trading. Politics, power plays, raw commerce and greed, religion, economic strain and adventure all play a part. We live with the consequences. Find out, for example, why Antony wedded Cleopatra – it had little to do with her looks or pet snakes. Many similar questions will be answered – with a little spice.
David wears many hats including geologist, geophysicist and groundwater specialist. Not so well known are his long-standing interests in railways, history and music. He owns and plays a cello far older than he is. He has combined several of these hats in his courses for U3A and in his books Walk into History, Step into History in Tasmanian Reserves, The Rock which makes Tasmania and Water – Facts, Issues and Problems.
|M317||WATERCOLOUR PAINTING||MARGARET MOON|
|This is a continuing course and is not for beginners.
Margaret is a painter, photographer, potter and print-maker. She studied at the School of Art, Hobart, from 1974-78 and was awarded the Diploma of Arts (Visual) in 1978. In 1988 she was awarded a TAFE Certificate in Ceramics from Rosny College. She lived for 19 years at Tea Tree where painting with acrylics, water colour and mixed media was a consuming passion. Margaret is a keen bushwalker which is reflected in the subject matter of her paintings. She conducted a drawing and painting class at her home in 1981 and carried on that tradition in later years with Adult Education painting and drawing classes. She was listed in `Tasmanian Artists of 20th Century' edited by Sue Backhouse and `A Dictionary of Women Artists of Australia' by Max Germaine. She has exhibited in selected exhibitions at the Art Society of Tasmania for many years and she has also exhibited with the Australian Society of Miniature Art, Tasmania. Her work is represented in Private Collections in Tasmania, NSW, ACT and PNG.
|Class limit 10|
MONDAY SESSION 2 - 10.55
|M321||COUNTRY DANCING||ALISON JONES|
|Find the joys of spring in your step as well as in the air. We enjoy moving in a social atmosphere and trying a variety of dances from a variety of countries.
Alison has been dancing literally for as long as she can remember - she has collected teaching qualifications and taken part in displays and keeps in touch with teachers all over Australia.
|Class maximum 28|
|M322||COMMUNICATION THROUGH MUSIC||PHILIPPA MOYES|
|A course with some repeat lectures and several new topics. Hear what a variety of speakers have to say about their specialty, ranging from the classroom to the concert hall.
Philippa has taught music in Australia and overseas and is a Marking Examiner for the Tasmanian Secondary Assessment Board. As a pianist she enjoys ensemble playing and accompanying.
|Class limit 17|
|M323||THE EUROPEAN DISCOVERY OF AUSTRALIA||BARRY REYNOLDS|
|Four hundred years ago in March 1606 William Janz and his crew sailed into the Gulf of Carpentaria. This was the first indisputable European contact with Australia. We will begin with the concept of the mythical Terra Australis Incognito and trace European exploration of our land prior to Cook.
Barry was a primary school teacher and principal in Tasmania for forty years. He has an interest in history, particularly Australian. He has been a tutor at Clarence and other U3As since 1998.
|M324||PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS IN EVERYDAY LIFE||GRADON JOHNSTONE|
|A systematic look at various matters affecting our everyday lives including weather, health issues, taxes, insurance, gambling, road accidents, life expectancies and stockmarkets etc. Class members should bring a notebook, pen and calculator.
Gradon worked as Principal Plant Research Scientist in the State Department of Agriculture.
|Class limit 20||Levy $5|
|M325||WRITERS WORKSHOP||COLIN PYEFINCH|
|An opportunity for those who enjoy writing (or would like to) to share their efforts in a friendly atmosphere of mutual support and encouragement.|
|Class maximum 12|
|M326||A SHORT HISTORY OF THE POPES – GOOD, BAD AND INDIFFERENT||JOHN HOOPER|
|This is a brief look at each Pope from the year `dot’ to recent times – purely from a historical angle.
John has been involved in the army, police, local government and now – Blessed Retirement! He is a history buff.
MONDAY SESSION 3 - 12.05
|M331||TAI CHI||MARY NEWMAN|
|Tai Chi is a powerfully effective art from that has been proven to relax and strengthen both the body and the mind. It is considered suitable for anyone of any age.|
|Class maximum 25|
|This is a continuing intermediate class. We will be using the Cambridge Latin Course Book 5.|
|Class maximum 10|
|M333||NOTABLE TASMANIANS OF THE INTER-WAR PERIOD||MICHAEL ROE|
|This course is biographical in structure while traversing many fields – politics, the arts, the academy, feminism and ideology.
Michael taught history at University of Tasmania from 1960-1996. His most recent publication (in 2006) is An Imperial Disaster – the Wreck of George the Third.
|M334||LOWER INTERMEDIATE FRENCH|
|A refresher course for those with some background in French – tailored to suit the needs of the class.|
|M335||EFFECTIVE POSITIVE THINKING AND SELF AWARENESS||LORRAINE McCARTHY|
|You are what you think! What we say, do and feel all have their origin in the mind. When we understand and harness this energy of the mind we can become the masters of our lives.
Lorraine is a retired New Zealand physiotherapist who began studying and then practising yoga because of the stress of working full-time whilst rearing six children on her own.
|M336||BLEAK HOUSE||JOAN CARR|
|We watched the BBC production of Bleak House, considered by many to be Charles Dickens’ best novel, on TV – now let’s read the book! If you don’t have a copy at home it’s readily available at second-hand shops.|
WEDNESDAY SESSION 1 - 9.30
|W311||THE CELTS, SAXONS, VIKINGS AND NORMANS; THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO MODERN EUROPE||BOB CLARKE|
|This course will look at the history and cultures of these four groups and how they affected today’s Europe (if they did). Along the way we may meet other peoples – eg the Franks and Goths.
Bob graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1953 and is an ex-school teacher and retired accountant. He considers himself a student of history – not a historian – and is fascinated by medieval history.
|W312||GOING TO MARS?||ALBERT GOEDE|
|Exploration, history and physical nature of Mars. We will examine the famous canals, look at the prospects of life, the evidence for glaciers and running water and the prospects of colonising the planet. What is terraforming and is it an option?|
|Class limit 30||Levy $2|
|This is a continuing course and new students should have a basic knowledge of the language.
Fred has had many years of experience as an interpreter. This course is of as much help to him as hopefully it is to the students.
|Class maximum 12||Levy $5|
|W314||SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA||MARGARET ROSE|
|In 1880 the continent of Africa was largely unexplored by Europeans. Less than thirty years later these same Europeans had established empires throughout. How did this occur?|
|Class limit 35|
|W315||BRUSH UP YOUR MATHS||NOELA FOXCROFT|
|If you have forgotten all you learnt at high school but wish you hadn't - or if you would like to be better able to help your grandchildren - this is for you. The main topic this term will be algebra. You'll be amazed at how much fun you have!
Having taught maths in High Schools for over 39 years, Noela is passionate about making maths more understandable and enjoyable.
|W316||MUSIC OF OUR MISSPENT YOUTH||ROD DOWNIE|
|Relax to the popular music of your youth. This will be a participatory course. Members will be invited to bring music from their own collections in order to run a whole session.|
WEDNESDAY SESSION 2 - 10.55
|W321||TAI CHI||MARY NEWMAN|
|Tai Chi is a powerfully effective art which has been proven to relax and strengthen both the body and the mind. It is considered suitable for anyone of any age.|
|Class maximum 25|
|W322||TASMANIAN LIGHTHOUSES||NOELA FOXCROFT|
|A look at Tasmanian lighthouses from the very first to the present day and the people who built and operated them.
Having been a keen sailor, Noela has long had an interest in lighthouses. She welcomed this opportunity to increase her knowledge and share it with others.
|W323||STOCKMARKET GAME||PAM TERRY|
|This will be a fun game, trying to make (paper) money on the market. The first week will be spent planning rules of the game etc. Please bring a pen and paper and the financial section from the previous Saturday’s Australian.|
|W324||ADVANCED GERMAN AND CONVERSATION||FRED SCHLUTER|
|This is a continuing course. As the emphasis is on conversation, new students must be quite fluent in the language.|
|Class limit 12||Levy $5|
|W325||PLAY READING||DES COOPER|
|A range of 20th Century plays will be read - farces, comedies, melodramas and thrillers. All welcome.|
|Class limit 12|
|W326||CHESS||MERV KERSHAW and DON FARNELL|
|This is an opportunity for new players to learn chess and for those who haven't played for a while to refresh and improve their game.|
|Class maximum 12|
WEDNESDAY SESSION 3 - 12.05
|W331||CIRCLE DANCING||KRISTA SANDS|
|We will do easy folk dances from various cultures, including some modern choreographies. If you have two left feet, don't worry, the dances are adaptable. It's fun and it's good for you. Class limit 30.
Krista is a dance addict who just can't give it up. She has been dancing in one form or another for at least 60 years.
|Class limit 30|
|W332||KIM – A PICTURE OF INDIA||PETER STEVENSON|
|A reading and study of Kipling’s story of British India, of colourful characters and scenes and of intrigue and companionship. Copies are available at Hobart Bookshop (10% discount to U3A members). Please ring Peter on 6243 8047 if you already have a copy. Suggested pre-reading would be a Kipling biography.
Once a geologist always a geologist but now interested in things environmental and in the teaching of scientific thought. Peter dabbles in literature, religions, arts and is a `Seeker after Truth’.
|W333||CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS||FRANK BROWN|
|If you’ve wondered what those strange clues could possibly mean, come along to this class and find out. This class is for the total novice as well as the expert – we can all help each other.|
|Class maximum 15||Levy $3|
|W334||FACING THE MUSIC||CHRIS CARSON|
|An introduction to classical music with some knowledge and appreciation by listening to recordings and non-technical discussion. Covers major composers, history, trends - from medieval to 20th century.
Chris was a radio broadcaster for 12 years and has sung roles in opera, oratorio and on ABC radio.
|Class maximum 20|
|W335||SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY – TOWARDS A SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETY||PETER BALL|
|These lectures will begin by positioning social psychology in relation to other disciplines, scientific and non-scientific. The topics covered thereafter will be chosen to illustrate areas in which social psychology has contributed significantly to our understanding of life in human societies, such as attitudes and attitude change, stereotypes, interpersonal dynamics, behaviour within groups and intergroup relations, noting the development and historical context of this research. Both the efficacy and the limitations of scientific approaches to social phenomena will be ventilated from time to time.
Born and raised in Bristol, Peter studied at Hull University and Queen's University, Belfast, before working for two years at Makerere University in Uganda and then in 1971 joining the University of Tasmania, where he taught and conducted research in social psychology and the psychology of health until taking early retirement at the end of 2004. His recreational interests include choral singing and watercolour painting.