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MALA

                       peRTH courses and enrolment

MALA

                       peel courses and enrolment

MALA

                       Perth courses and enrolment

 


Information about second semester courses are shown below. They may be copied for downloading and printing by clicking on the following links


PERTH SEM 2 PROGRAM 2018 .pdf


PERTH SEM 2 ENROLMENT FORM 2018.pdf




 


















































PART A   –  24 August to 21 September  (5-week courses)

HERITAGE – FRIEND OR FOE?

*With Richard Offen (Historian, Author and Broadcaster; retired Executive Director of Heritage Perth)

Heritage places have sometimes been seen as an impediment to economic prosperity and an infringement of a person or organisation’s ‘right’ to build what they like, where they want.   In the past ten years, this attitude has subsided and slowly been replaced by an enthusiasm for adapting heritage places for modern use.

Using examples from around the globe and our own experiences, these lectures will suggest that heritage is for everyone and that learning about the history surrounding us is not only fun, but an important model to assist in planning a successful future for our communities.

24 August to 21 September:  10:15am to 11:15am     $45


MUSIC FOR LIFE

*With Ronniet Orlando (Ronniet is a violinist who has just completed her PhD in music psychology, following a career as an Occupational Therapist)

Music is fundamental to our health and wellbeing. The mysteries of how this is so will unfold over five weeks, as we explore the power of music to touch our emotions, memories, stress levels, immune systems, and our sense of connection with others. Our journey will weave together the history of music, understanding the structures of music, and the biopsychophysiological impacts of both listening and active participation throughout the life span. Evidence from research, together with examples from a range of music genres, will help tell the story. Active participation and discussion will be encouraged throughout.

24 August to 21 September:  10:15am to 11:15am     $45


JOURNEY TO PERSIA

*With Saleh Kafami (Saleh is an Iranian born and educated Mechanical Engineer, who has lived in Perth since 2008. He currently works as a senior technical advisor and manages a travel group named ‘Journeys to Persia’)

Persia is historically and universally known and revered as the land of civilization, science, art, engineering and indeed architecture. Employing their skill and passion for innovation and their deep admiration of nature, for centuries, Persian forebears masterfully designed and built environmentally friendly buildings with natural air conditioning and effective water transfer and storage systems. And they are still doing it!

In this course, Saleh will talk and show his films and photos, showcasing the beauty and complexity of this sophisticated tradition of coupling cultural spaces with the peacefulness and generosity of environment. You will learn from the wonderful architectural design of houses, mosques, churches, temples, marketplaces, gardens, streets and squares, how the buildings and habitats are designed to be compatible with the climate, and other environmentally friendly concepts. Saleh will also introduce and present the ancient engineering solution for natural air conditioning, a smart water transfer and storage system, natural refrigeration and ice storage, and a wireless communication system – all of which have been used for thousands of years in ancient Persia.

24 August to 21 September:  10:15am to 11:15am     $45



CRIME INVESTIGATION AND FORENSIC SCIENCE: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

*With E/Professor Dr Bob Mead (Forensic Toxicologist and Biochemist who established the Forensic Degree Courses at Murdoch University)

Miscarriages of justice can occur due to investigator bias, tunnel vision, expectation and context effects and from the misinterpretation of forensic evidence. In this course you will be introduced to the main causes of miscarriages of justice and through the study of intriguing homicide cases, good and poor forensic investigations will be contrasted. From the “Body in the Bag” case you will learn how forensic anthropological investigation of skeletal remains identified a victim and led to the apprehension of a killer. From the “Stallings” case you will recognize how and why misinterpretation of forensic toxicological evidence resulted in a woman being convicted of murder for a non-existent crime.

24 August to 21 September:  11:45am to 12:45pm   $45                  



PHILOSOPHY OF EXISTENCE AND DEATH

*With Meera Finnigan (Meera has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, tutors at The University of Notre Dame, and presents courses in philosophy and ethics in community settings)

One of the things in life you can be certain of is that one day you’ll be dead!  But is that true? And even so, is death bad? Would immortality be a good thing? What is the moral significance of euthanasia and assisted suicide? The major purpose of this course, aside from familiarising you with the writings of major philosophers on the subject of death, is to help you to think about death philosophically—to decide for yourself what you believe about death and to provide careful and convincing arguments for those beliefs. At the end of the day, it seems that the way we think about death has a significant effect on how we live our lives.

The course is for everyone who enjoys deeper thinking, mental stimulation and philosophical discussion. All of this takes place in a non-threatening learning environment that will be enjoyable, rewarding, and even fun!

24 August to 21 September:  11:45am to 12:45pm   $45                  


EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE UNIVERSE, BUT WERE TOO AFRAID TO ASK

*With A/Prof Kevin Vinsen (Kevin is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research)

This course will gently introduce you to the basics of Astronomy, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics. It will also answer such questions as:

••How did we get here?

What is the densest thing in space?

How empty is space?

How do we weigh Galaxies?Why did Pluto get demoted?

How do planets form?

How do we "know" dark matter and dark energy exist?

What is the history of Astronomy?

How has astronomy helped give us WiFi, Satellite TV dishes, MRI/CT images, GPS?

What is the Square Kilometre Array, what is ICRAR and what does it mean for Western Australia?

BUT - with no complex mathematics!

24 August to 21 September:  11:45am to 12:45pm   $45                  

             

PART B   –  12 October to 9 November (5-week courses)


EMERGING VIRUSES – EXPLORING THEIR ORIGIN AND THREATS TO HUMAN HEALTH

*With Prof John Mackenzie (Former Premier’s Research Fellow and Professor of Microbiology and Tropical Diseases)

This course will explore emerging and pandemic viruses, ranging from SARS to Ebola, and influenza to Ross River virus. Initially, the series will explore how and where new virus diseases emerge. Most emergent viruses arise from an animal source – called zoonoses, and they form the subject of the second lecture. Subsequent lectures will then explore insect-transmitted viruses and influenza. The final lecture will investigate the new International Health Regulations and international outbreak alert, response, and include a discussion of threats from deliberate release.

12 October to 9 November: 10:15am to 11:15am     $45


THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

*With Dr Alan Needham (Alan is a zoologist and former senior lecturer at Edith Cowan University)

It is thought that life arose on Earth about 3,800 million years ago, when conditions were very different from those today.  Although life may have arisen more than once, it is likely that all present living things share a single ancestral line, so we will explore current hypotheses on the formation of the first self-replicating cells – our first ancestors.   This study of life and its requirements will lead us to speculate on the prospects of finding life elsewhere in the solar system and beyond.

12 October to 9 November: 10:15am to 11:15am    $45




THE INCREDIBLE PLANT DIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH WEST

*With Dr Neville Marchant (Neville has a passionate interest in the flora of the south west)

These illustrated lectures are aimed to increase appreciation of the incredible plant diversity of the south west. You will learn of the gradual evolution of the region from the ancient southern continent, Gondwana, to its present-day status as a world hot-spot. The course will cover the fascinating history of botanical discoveries of WA’s plant diversity from 1699 and examine the floral features of the major plant families that attracted early European botanists and gardeners. Topics will also cover insectivorous and poisonous plants as examples of how our diverse flora has evolved with poor soils, a harsh climate, and grazing animals.

12 October to 9 November: 10:15am to 11:15am     $45


THE WHISPERINGS WITHIN

*With Dr Chris Meredith (Two-time winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award (Edith Cowan University), Past Honorary Research Fellow at the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute)

The distinctive manner in which humans think and interact with the world around them has been under construction for a very long time indeed.  If anything different had happened on our long and winding evolutionary road, then we would not be who we are today.  As a result, we are who we are, but we are also who we were.  In an attempt to find out how our ancestors lived (who we were) this course examines the behaviours of our closest living relatives, our primate cousins - the apes, the monkeys and the prosimians. Tantalizing clues about the roots of human behaviour are emerging: infant crèches run by female lemurs, intense paternal care by monogamous titi monkeys, territory gifts given to departing titi offspring, and the similarity of chimpanzee and human cooperation, communication, theory of mind and grieving.  May the whisperings of our primate ancestors be with you!

A “Primates Ahoy!” field trip will run at Perth Zoo on Saturday November 10th for those interested in catching-up with their primate cousins.

12 October to 9 November: 11:45am to 12:45pm   $45


PROBLEMS OF WAR AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

*With A/Prof Alexey D Muraviev (Dr Alexey D Muraviev is an Associate professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University)

This course will explore the key developments in the Middle East and the Persian/Arabian Gulf regions during and after the Cold War: the evolution of the Arab-Israeli confrontation, the rise of Iran and Iraq; wars in the Gulf; problems of terrorism in the region, and other security challenges faced by regional states and ruling regimes.

12 October to 9 November: 11:45am to 12:45pm   $45


BEYOND BALI – THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF INDONESIA

*With Dr Ian Chalmers (Dr Ian Chalmers is a researcher in Asian Studies and Social Sciences, University of Western Australia)

Indonesia is our nearest neighbour, but many Australians are not aware of its internal cultural diversity. This course will thus describe the various ethnic groups, societies and religions of its five major islands, namely Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan and Papua. However, it is also clear that there are strong historical forces that bind the nation together. The organising theme of this course is to explore the tension between Indonesia’s cultural diversity and this nationalist impulse. We will look at recent developments on these five islands to investigate certain issues relating to this theme, giving particular attention to the impact on Indonesia’s foreign relations.

12 October to 9 November: 11:45am to 12:45pm   $45