Courses we Offer
U3A Clarence offers courses in three 10 week terms.
Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays. There are 3 one-hour sessions each day with a choice of courses in each session. Courses vary from term to term with a choice of 30-35 each term and members may enrol in as many classes as they wish.
The Tutors have a wide range of backgrounds – University, teaching, business and commerce, media – and all give their time voluntarily.
Many classes are contributory classes where members are encouraged to participate in the running of the group. A measure of the success in creating attractive and rewarding programs is the high rate of enrolment in courses and constant applications from new members.
View our available courses here:
Art history and theory, painting, calligraphy, writing, music appreciation
CAVALCADE OF AUSTRALIA - Paul Bywater
A program which looks at Australia from before Federation, through the Depression and post-war reconstruction, to more recent times. Shows rural and city life and work, including social issues and recreation. Includes early short films by Tim Burstall, Peter Weir and Gillian Armstrong, plus indigenous stories and a Henry Lawson classic.
DANCING THROUGH THE AGES - Pat Olding
We will study five ballets from different times, looking at the history, choreography and music, and then watch some excerpts.
Painting (all morning) - Margaret Dilger
This group is self-led and works mainly with watercolour but includes sessions using pencil, pen, pastels and acrylics.
Each new topic is introduced by a member of the group.
Sketching for Beginners - BILL MEARNES
This is a class for people interested in sketching, particularly of objects such as boats. Participants will need to bring art materials to the classes. Details will be provided later. Class limited to 12.
Sketching/Drawing Group - Self-directed
Come and join a group of enthusiastic people to follow a passion for sketching and drawing.
New members to the group are welcome.
TURNING POINTS IN THE HISTORY OF ART - ANNA MELTON
We will begin with a quick look at some early art and beautiful pieces of the ancient world, then the Dark Ages and Medieval periods. Renaissance to 20th century art will be covered quickly, always emphasising the use of the art and major turning points. Most of the ten weeks will be taken up looking at different art movements and trends of the twentieth century, and twenty first, and discussing what Art is.
Card games, board games and the like
Chess - Merv Kershaw
Come along and fuel those “little grey cells” Enjoy a game with other members or learn a new game so you can play with your grandchildren. Bring along a sandwich or a snack and get your mental processes going.
Mah Jong - Jan Chipman
Play and/or learn Mah Jong. Two hours for those who want to stay.
Class limit 20 but only 8 beginners.
Ancient, modern, Tasmanian, Australian, Asian, current events and issues
DEATH AND REBIRTH OF A GRAND TASMANIAN LADY - JANE HALL
A “biography” of the May Queen.
Historians of Ancient Greece - ANTHONY BODEN
The course looks at the works – and lives – of the great Greek historians. Historical background will be included.
HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE - BARRY TAPP
A brief overview of the changing notions of scientific endeavour and process since the Renaissance will be given. The ‘notion’ of fashions in sciences will be discussed and the idea that science has lost its way (David Gross, Jim Baggott) and is delusional (Rupert Sheldrake) will be considered. The argument that scientific endeavour is now more oriented toward property ownership than bettering the human condition will also be debated.
IDEAS CAN KILL: THE IDEOLOGICAL ROAD TO ISLAMIC STATE – 1950s - STEVE TOLBERT
This course traces the development of Islamic State’s mindset from Egypt in the 50s through Afghanistan and Iraq to present-day Syria.
Lesser Known Australians II - PATRICIA CORBY
Different, interesting, sometimes quirky fellow Australians whose lives and achievements I would like to share. When holidaying, browsing book shops, listening to radio – aspects of history, interesting people and social encounters along the way often catch my eye or ear. These are followed up with help from Mr Google and then turn in to chats to present to U3A.
LOST AND FOUND - PAT JEFFERY
This course provides a look at some less well-known archaeological sites, many of which have been ‘discovered’ in recent years.
Myths, Mysteries and Misconceptions - Series 2 - Anthony Boden
The Formation of England 500 – 1000 AD - MARGARET ROSE
500 AD Britain, abandoned by Rome, has lapsed into a myriad of minor kingdoms. 1060 AD … Alfred, Athelstan, Canute et al have formed a wealthy, stable, powerful, united England…. learn more… come along.
The History of Medicine - JANE HALL
A view of the people and processes involved in the history of medicine from the time of blood-letting and no hygiene, to today. This class will use a DVD as the basis of the course.
The Tale of “The Two Irelands” - EILEEN LEVETT
The Irish are noted for their storytelling: storytelling is an integral part of the Irish psyche. Through this medium – you will meet Druids and High Kings; merchants and monks; nobles and peasants; rebels and cowards; Protestant and Catholic. Events such as the Battle of Kinsale; the Flight of the Earls; the Great Famine; the Easter Rising; the ‘Troubles’; people and events which have moulded the history of the Emerald Isle. Ten fascinating stories about this beautiful, but sad country.
Spanish, German & Italian
Beginners French - Des Cooper
This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading
Esperanto - Elga Skrastins
Esperanto is an easy language to learn. It has only 16 rules of grammar – none of which have exceptions. Esperanto has also proven to be a good foundation for learning languages in general.
You will have a working vocabulary of 1000+ words and lots of fun learning them. Bring a piece of fruit to the first session.
German Conversation - Self Directed
Student participation; German conversation; German history; some art; some geography maybe.
German for Beginners - Karin Wider
The course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading.
Spanish - Self Directed
This is a self directed course so new students should have a basic knowledge of the language.
The classics, modern, poetry, drama
BOOK GROUP - PATRICIA CORBY
Come along and discuss your favourite books, authors you enjoy or even books and authors who underwhelm you. Members of this group should be prepared to come along to chat and share their opinions. Please bring along anything you are reading now to the first session July 26th, be it book, magazine, fiction or non-fiction and we will talk about what we are currently into.
Play Reading - Mickey Benefiel
If you have ever attended a play that you really liked, come and join in re-creating the sometimes hilarious, sometimes mysterious, but ALWAYS fascinating and fun masterpieces of the theatre. There will be plenty of parts for you to choose from. Something to suit every kind of capability.
Class limit 8.
POETRY READING - Graeme Lindridge
Read poems you like and ones you remember. Recite any verses that tickle your fancy, or maybe a song or rhyme that you’ve written.
There will also be a reading of Shakespeare’s TwelfthNight’
The Writers - 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.
Armchair Travel - Mary Bolton & Sue Pamplin
We have many adventures to amazing destinations. Some are local while others take us to many interesting places overseas. A great way to go on a new holiday every week.
CARD MAKING - JENNY WIGGINS
We will make at least one card a week with Stampin up products, and participants will have the opportunity of ordering products if they would like to. Catalogues will be available during classes.
DISCUSSION GROUP - CAROL ROSSENDELL
Interested in listening to new ideas, talking about provocative subjects, exploring uncharted territory? Come to and join in the discussion group.
The first topic for discussion with be Work in the 21st Century. Some suggested ideas are: How long will people have to work and what are the downsides to that? Will people still continue to work? Will work become a luxury activity? Which jobs/work will disappear? If there is no work anymore, what do we do? If we don’t work anymore, how do we define ourselves? Where does public funding come from to provide services if there is no/little income tax?
Future topics and facilitators will be decided by the group.
Discussion Group - CAROL ROSSENDELL FACILITATOR
Interested in listening to new ideas, talking about provocative subjects, exploring uncharted territory? Come to and join in the discussion group. The first topic for discussion will be: ‘Science – Servant or Master? Future topics and facilitators will be decided by the group.
Kaleidoscope - Keith Hoey
Ten different speakers will speak on their own area of interest or expertise.
Dancing, stretching, tai chi
Circle Dancing - Krista Sands
Easy to somewhat more challenging dances from various cultures. Good gentle exercise that builds grey matter and grace.
Line Dancing - Bev Chandler
This is a class of fun, using your mind and body and just enjoying yourself while learning how to dance.
Cowboy hats and boots are not necessary.
Bev Chandler (Beginners)
Class Limit 24
Tai Chi - Eileen Levett (Monday), Self Directed (Wednesday)
Tai Chi is an effective art form that has been proven to strengthen both body and mind, and is considered suitable for anyone of any age.
Class limit 14 on Monday, 20 on Wednesday.
Geology,botany, anthropology, mathematics, ecology, meteorology, astronomy, scientists biographies
ALL AT SEA - DAVID LEAMAN
A history of the human use of boats and boating including the science of floating and boat design. This is a relaxed yarn into the benefits, uses and perils of our use of the sea.
Landforms of the Earth Pt II - ALBERT GOEDE
Have you ever wondered why the Earth is shaped the way it is? In this second part of the course, we will be looking at the role of water as a fluid and in the form of ice, the effects of frost and the effects of water on soluble rocks. Part 1 of the course is not a prerequisite.
- DR JOHN BOTHMAN
Five illustrated talks on each of the five main sub-specialities in pathology and their importance in diagnostic medicine. If time permits, it may include some veterinary and forensic pathology. Ample opportunity for Q&A.
Thanks for the Memories - CAROL ROSSENDELL
Have you ever found yourself searching the house for your glasses, only to discover them on your head, or can’t remember the name of someone you’ve known well for forty years, or are talking with someone and in the conversation a word you need just eludes you? Come along and discover all about memory – what is it? where is it located? how does it work? how does it fail? what leads to its failure? how can we prevent or reduce that failure?
The Meaning of Things - STEVE TOLBERT
A look at philosopher and prolific writer A. C. Grayling’s take on 75 meaning-rich words e.g. tolerance, happiness, nationalism, capitalism, death, art and so many more. Open discussion will be encouraged.
The Transmission of Secrets - DAVID LEAMAN
This course provides a history of the use of codes and ciphers from ancient Greece to the present day. There are many messages for us today, so learn about what works and what does not, and why. Security comes with a cost but history reveals that cutting corners, or assuming your method is secure has never been a good approach.
UPDATES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY SCIENCE - Peter Taylor
An ongoing course that follows breaking news on discoveries from astronomy and cosmology. This is combined with deep space images as well as near Earth orbit images.
Music appreciation, playing of instruments and singing
Singing - Gillian Chappell
Choral work involving male and female singers- with a varied range of work from shows, gospel, comedy, formal etc. with performances if suitable.
Our Current Term
|Monday session 1||GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS|
|PATHOLOGY – THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE (1st 5 WEEKS)
THE MEANING OF THINGS (2nd 5 WEEKS)
|THE TRANSMISSION OF SECRETS
|LANDFORMS OF THE EARTH PART 2
|Monday session 2||THE WRITERS
|THE FORMATION OF ENGLAND 500 – 1000 AD|
|A VIRTUAL WALK ALONG THE MIDLAND HIGHWAY THROUGH ROSS AND SURROUNDS
|PAINTING: CONTINUATION FROM SESSION ONE
|LINE DANCING – CONTINUING
This course is full.
|CHAIR-BASED TAI CHI
|Monday session 3||POETRY READING
|UPDATES FROM THE FRONTIERS OF ASTRONOMY AND
|SKETCHING FOR BEGINNERS
|CONTINUATION TAI CHI
|Monday session 4||LINE DANCING – CONTINUING 2
This course is full.
|Wednesday session 1||CALLIGRAPHY|
|LESSER KNOWN INTERESTING AUSTRALIANS
|THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
|Wednesday session 2||SINGING FOR PLEASURE
|THE TALE OF “THE TWO IRELANDS”
|MAH JONG – CONTINUATION FROM SESSION 1
|Wednesday session 3||Course not yet decided|
|THE HISTORY WRITERS OF ANCIENT GREECE (repeat)
|DISCUSSION GROUP (1st 5 WEEKS)
FUN WITH ESPERANTO (2nd 5 WEEKS)
|Wednesday session 4||LINE DANCING – BEGINNERS
M211 GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS KARIN WIDER This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading. M212 HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE ...
M111 GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS KARIN WIDER This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading. M112 LANDFORMS OF THE...
M311 GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS KARIN WIDER This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading. M312 SECRET TASMANIA (first 5 weeks) JANE...
M211 GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS KARIN WIDER This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading. M212 THE MITFORD FAMILY ...
M111 CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS FRANK BROWN The aim is to study a set of puzzles from a single source and get to know the compiler. A range of other puzzles ranging from dead easy to challenging will also...
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