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.


Miscellaneous

 


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.
Levy $2


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.

Levy $5


Our Current Term

Term 2 2018

MONDAY SESSION 1 9.30 – 10.25 AM

GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS KARIN WIDER

This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading.

YOGA AND MEDITATION (first 6 weeks) SWAMI CHITI ANANDA

Covering: historical background of yoga theory and learn to relax, meditate and stretch using breathing, visualisation and specific yoga techniques.

RUNE MAKING (last 4 weeks from 30 July 2018) PETER SEEKING

This course will look at the making of runes from clay, including the runic symbols.

MOTHER TONGUE CAROL ROSSENDELL

The English language is a fascinating paradox – the complexity and variety are balanced against the comparative simplicity of its grammar. Come and explore the byways and side roads of my mother tongue. Look at the things which make it great and those that are just perverse.

PAINTING FACILITATOR: MARGARET DILGER

This is a self-directed course working predominantly in watercolour. This class is full.

HOUSES AND PEOPLE OF EARLY HOBART PAT JEFFERY

This is an expansion of a course given in 2012 and looks at some houses still existing in Hobart and the people who lived in them.

MONDAY SESSION 2 10.50 – 11.50 AM
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.

Britain on film: the 1930s and 1940s PAUL BYWATER

A fascinating collection of short films made in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s – documentaries and public information films which explore life, work and culture in the years before and during the Second World War.

A VIRTUAL WALK ALONG THE MIDLAND HIGHWAY CAMPBELL TOWN WAYNE SMITH

A virtual walk through the history of Campbell Town incorporating biographies of pioneers, photos of heritage properties, the first settlers, later property owners and district folklore including bushranger raids and local scandals.

PAINTING FACILITATOR: MARGARET DILGER

This is a self-directed course working predominantly in watercolour. New members welcome.

LINE DANCING – CONTINUING BEV CHANDLER

This course is for people who have been line dancing here or elsewhere. It is NOT for beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active. This course is full.

SEATED (CHAIR-BASED) TAI CHI/SHIBASHI EILEEN LEVETT

Chair-based Tai Chi/Shibashi (one of the many branches of Tai Chi) aims to encourage overall health and a feeling of well-being and mindfulness.

MONDAY SESSION 3 12.00 – 1.00 PM

POETRY READING CHRIS BISHOP

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.

KALEIDOSCOPE JANE HALL & JULIE BOTHMAN

A different speaker will speak on their own area of knowledge or interest. Subjects will be topical and presented at a readily understood level. The dates may vary for each speaker.

 

18/6/18

Dr Edward Swarbreck Hall

Stephen Petrow & Dr Carey Denholm

 

 

25/6/18

The Challenge of Development and Historical Hobart

Prof Robert Morris-Nunn

2/7/18

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Community Concerns

Holyoake

9/7/18

Fire Safety in the Home

TFS

16/7/18

Project 365

Campbell Remiss

23/7/18

Royal Guide Dogs of Tasmania

TBA

30/7/18

Baroque Violin and Historically Informed Performances

Frances The

6/8/18

Peace Education

Helen Hussey

13/8/18

Protecting your Finances

Keree Rose & Annette Horsley COTA

20/8/18

Veterinary Pathology

Dr John Bothman

 

UPDATES OF THE FRONTIERS OF ASTRONOMY AND COSMOLOGY SCIENCE

PETER TAYLOR

We will look at new developments in astronomy, the discoveries and how they are continually changing and updating our views on the universe.

CONTINUATION TAI CHI/SHIBASHI EILEEN LEVETT

Tai Chi/Shibashi (one of the many branches of Tai Chi) will aim to:

  1. refine current technique

  2. introduce Yi Jin Jing – 12 new ‘Energy Postures’

  3. encourage continuing health, a feeling of well-being and mindfulness

GERMAN CONVERSATION SELF DIRECTED

German conversation for German speakers wanting conversational practice. New members are welcome in the group but you need to have a reasonable grasp of the language.

MONDAY SESSION 4 1.15 – 2.15 PM

LINE DANCING – CONTINUING 2 BEV CHANDLER

This course is for people who have been line dancing here or elsewhere. This course is NOT for beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active. This course is full.

WEDNESDAY SESSION 1 9.30 – 10.25 AM

JANE AUSTEN ANNA MELTON

HISTORY’S GREATEST STRATEGISTS II CHRIS BISHOP

This course continues you on the journey through history and profiles some of history’s greatest strategists. We will finish looking at the people and events which have shaped history in the military, politics and economics. See what these people have taught us from the likes of Alexander the Great to Mark Zuckerberg. This course is about you being the judge of who you think deserves the title “History’s Greatest Strategist”.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE PAINTING MICHAEL WU

This class is an opportunity to learn traditional Chinese painting from a Chinese artist who works in the field. Michael is visiting from China and is offering these sessions to Clarence U3A.

MAH JONG JAN CHIPMAN

Play and/or learn Mah Jong. Two hours for those who want to stay.

WEDNESDAY SESSION 2 10.50 – 11.50 AM

SINGING FOR PLEASURE BEV CHANDLER

Choral work involving male and female singers- with a varied range of work from shows, gospel, comedy, formal etc. with performances if suitable.

SECRET TASMANIA PART 2 (first 5 weeks) JANE HALL

Taken from a book with the same title. There are interesting and little known “secrets” or facts about many things Tasmanian. For example, did you know that during the 1967 bushfires the school children from Sorell shared the causeway with a circus and its frightened animals?

MIND MAPPING (last 5 weeks from 25 July 2018) ROBYN GOTTSCHALK

FRENCH CLUB DES COOPER

Continuing course for those participants from last term. Newcomers are welcome but some basic knowledge of the language would be preferable.

SPANISH SELF DIRECTED

This is a continuing course so new students should have a basic knowledge of the language.

TAI CHI SELF-DIRECTED

This class is self-directed and will be following a recently purchased DVD.

MAH JONG – CONTINUATION FROM SESSION 1

WEDNESDAY SESSION 3 12.00 – 1.00 PM

ARMCHAIR TRAVEL MARY BOLTON & SUE PAMPLIN

The course takes us to all corners of the world. We enjoy cruises, train trips, bus tours, walking adventures, all from the comfort of our chairs at LINC.

 

20/6/18

TBA

27/6/18

Jude Mudaliar

TBA

4/7/18

Ian and Trish Mills

TBA

11/7/18

TBA

 

 

18/7/18

Gerry Freed

Malta

25/7/18

TBA

1/8/18

TBA

8/8/18

TBA

15/8/18

Pat Olding

La Perouse

22/8/18

TBA

 

GIVING YOUR PRESENTATIONS SPARKLE CAROL ROSSENDELL

Learn practical skills in presentations and PowerPoint. We will look at backgrounds, fonts and font sizes, using colour, using graphics, adding videos and sound, animations and transitions. Where possible participants are asked to provide their own laptops with PowerPoint software loaded.

PLAY READING TONY MANLEY

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.

CIRCLE DANCING PETER SANDS & ANGELA TAMAYO

Circle dancing draws its roots from European folk dance traditions such as Balkan, Greek, Rom and Israeli dance. The music is incredibly varied, from traditional Gypsy to modern folk and classical. Circle dancing is exercise for the body and the soul, and the circle is open and welcoming. Angela will teach mainly traditional Balkan, and Peter mainly contemporary circle dances.

CHESS SELF DIRECTED

The aim of this course is to introduce the game to beginners and assist in the improvement of skills for those wishing to improve their game. Above all the aim is to enjoy this ancient game.

LA CUISINE FRANCAISE GERRY AND YO FREED

In this we will drool between traditional and contemporary French cooking. There will be some samples provided, plenty of recipes and broader instructions on cooking (and eating) the French way but unfortunately, no cooking on the premises.  No knowledge of French is needed, just an appreciation of the finer things of life. The text book will be Yo’s book of 75 years of collected recipes for home meals and grander dinner parties.

WEDNESDAY SESSION 4 1.15 – 2.15 PM

LINE DANCING FOR BEGINNERS BEV CHANDLER

Line dancing for seniors or beginners. We dance to a variety of music, the emphasis being on socialising and having fun while being physically active.

Mon Session 1 9:30 – 10:25

None

M211 German for Beginners

M212 Yoga and Meditation (1st 6 weeks)

M213 Rune Making (2nd 4 weeks from 30 July)

M214 Updates of Astronomy and Cosmology Science

M215 Painting (CLASS FULL – CURRENT PARTICIPANTS ONLY)

M216 Houses and People of Early Hobart

Mon Session 2 10:50 – 11:50

None

M221 The Writers

M222 Britain on Film: The 1930s and 1940s

M223 A Virtual Walk along the Midland Highway Campbell Town

M224 Painting

M225 Line Dancing – Continuing (CLASS FULL – CURRENT PARTICIPANTS ONLY)

M226 Seated (Chair-based) Tai Chi/Shibashi

Mon Session 3 12:00 – 1:00

None

M231 Poetry Reading

M232 Kaleidoscope

M233 Mother Tongue

M234 Painting

M235 Continuation Tai Chi/Shibashi

M236 German Conversation

Mon Session 4 1:15 – 2:15

None

M241 Line Dancing – Continuing 2 (CLASS FULL – CURRENT PARTICIPANTS ONLY)

Wed Session 1 9:30 – 10:25

None

W211 Jane Austen

W212 History’s Greatest Strategists II

W213 Traditional Chinese Painting

W214 Mah Jong

Wed Session 2 10:50 – 11:50

None

W221 Singing for Pleasure

W222 Secret Tasmania Part 2 (1st 5 weeks)

W223 Mind Mapping (2nd 5 weeks from 25 July)

W214 French Club

W225 Spanish

W226 Tai Chi

W227 Mah Jong – Continuation from Session 1

Wed Session 3 12:00 – 1:00

None

W231 Armchair Travel

W232 Giving your Presentations Sparkle

W233 Play Reading

W234 Circle Dancing

W235 Chess

W236 La Cuisine Francaise

Wed Session 4 1:15 – 2:15

None

W241 Line Dancing – Continuing 3 (CLASS FULL – CURRENT PARTICIPANTS ONLY)

Previous Terms

Term 1 2018

M111 GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS                                                                             KARIN WIDER This course will mostly involve conversation, but there will also be some practice at writing and reading. M112 BRITAIN ON FILM: THE 1920S AND...

Term 3 2017

Monday session 1 GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS                                                                          PATHOLOGY – THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE (1st 5 WEEKS)                THE MEANING OF THINGS (2nd 5 WEEKS) ...

Term 2 2017

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            ...

Term 1 2017

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...

Term 3 2016

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...

Term 2 2016

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                                                    ...

Term 1 2016

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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