New Courses

LITERATURE: READER – RESPONSE TO…..
COURSE CODE: 21HUM059

A well established approach to reading literary texts, Reader-response, focuses on the deliberate experience occurring in the reader’s mind as s/he is involved in the act of reading. This approach suggests that the act of reading changes both the reader and the text and that it encourages responsive and critical thinking before, during and after the event of reading. Reading becomes a collection of activities involving questions, decisions and thinking throughout all that is going on. This unit especially recognises literature’s role in exploring “big ideas” and its texts and classes will recognise and focus on how the selected texts do this. Our texts will explore rich sources of social understanding arising from the Victorian era, modern Melbourne and a contemporary film study.
Selected poetry will continue to feature in our classes.
Set texts to be purchased: “Hard Times” Charles Dickens (popular Penguins
edition). “Foreign Soil” Maxine Beneba Clarke (hachette Australia).
Please contact Paul Martin 0422 389 221 for further info.

PHILOSOPHY – FREEDOM AND COMMUNITY
COURSE CODE: 21HUM071

WHAT DOES LIBERTY MEAN TO ME IN MY WORLD?
An existential question that might interest us with all that’s going on today is, “What might it mean to say that I am a free person”? You’ve lived all your life so far subject to various forms of constraints and powers limiting the extent you can say you are “free”. What are these? How have they changed? Are they/have they been legitimate? How would you describe your own “lived freedom” today, moving into the foreseeable future? How do you begin to respond to John Stuart Mill’s question about “the nature and limits of power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual”? What reflective sense do you have about how these questions have changed over your lifetime, up to and including the present? To what extent is it useful to suggest that our lives are overwhelmingly shaped by how we manage the “struggle between Liberty and Authority”? In asking the above, this Philosophy unit will examine and contextualise today’s lived experience of personal and social freedoms. It will pick up on a range of current perspectives that will help you make sense of these life questions.
Please ring Paul Martin on 0422 389 221 for further information.

POETRY / WRITING GROUP
COURSE CODE: 21HUM075

Poetry/Writing Group at U3a fortnightly on Monday afternoons from 1.00 -2.30pm at the u3a office in Croydon. Maximum of 12 people in the group.

The aim of this group is to encourage you to find your own style and write your own story or poem.  Come along and see where your creative path may lead.  All styles of poetry encouraged so whether you are a writer of romantic poetry, bush poetry or just like to put your feelings down on paper we would love to have you join us. Diversity is a great thing. We will each have a chance to select a theme at the end of each class.  You will then have the opportunity to write your poem or story based on that theme to bring along to share at your next class. 

FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS
COURSE CODE: 21LAN005

I am returning to take this class on Fridays at 9:30am in the Glenn Frost Room, next to the library in Civic Square, Croydon

I run a 2 year course commencing with an elementary introduction to the French language which is eminently suitable for those with no prior knowledge of French and for those who wish to brush up on the basics. My main intention and aim is to get the class to speak French and I encourage this in the way I conduct the class.

At the end of the course I go back to the beginning by which time I would hope you have progressed sufficiently to move to another level.