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 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 1930S                                                     PAUL BYWATER

A fascinating collection of short films made in Britain in the 1920s and 1930s – travelogues, documentaries, and public information films explore life, work and culture between the wars.

M113 The Birth and Evolution of Cool in Music, Film and

Literature                                                                                                           STEVE TOLBERT

‘Cool’ as a concept from the 1940s to 70s. There is, though not entirely, an American focus: ie – Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, Jack Kerouac, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman and more.

M114 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. This course is full.

M115 PATHOLOGY – THE SCIENCE OF MEDICINE (1st 5 WEEKS)                   DR JOHN BOTHMAN

Five illustrated talks on each of the five main subspecialities in Pathology and their importance in diagnostic medicine. If time permits, it may include some veterinary and forensic pathology. Ample opportunity for Q&A.

M116 LIVING THE DIVINE COMEDY WITH DANTE AND CLIVE JAMES                      JEAN GROSSE

(2nd 4 WEEKS – from 30/4/18)

Examination of the Aussie translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy by Clive James (published 2013). Comparison with Mark Musa’s Portable Dante. Participants will be enabled to hear and read the differences, and to identify the colloquialisms.

 

 

M121 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.

M122 ALMOST HUMAN                                                                                                  ALBERT GOEDE

The first two lectures will deal with Lee Berger and his recent spectacular discoveries of two new species of hominin in South Africa. The remaining lectures will deal with a variety of recent fossil discoveries ranging from Ardpithecus and the Hobbit to the spectacular advances in our understanding of human evolution due to the analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA.

M123

 

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.

M124 PAINTING                                                                              FACILITATOR: MARGARET DILGER      

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

M125 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.

M126 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.

 

 

M131 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.

M132 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.

19/3/18 Elder Abuse in its Many Forms COTA
26/3/18 Elder Abuse in its Many Forms

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COTA
9/4/18 Hobart Airport – Development Plans Matt Cocker
16/4/18 Mawson’d Hut Exhibition Robyn-Maree Gottschalk
23/4/18 Little Known Facts and Laws Gayle Fisher, Millingtons
30/4/18 Lifeline Andrew Lindle
7/5/18 TBA  
14/5/18 TBA  
21/5/18 Macquarie Point – Development Mary Massina, CEO
M133 OILS AIN’T OILS                                                                                            CAROL ROSSENDELL

Let’s look at the story of oil from its creation and discovery by humans, through exploration, drilling and mining, to refining and producing end-products. Are we making the most of this limited resource, or is it being squandered?

M134 DRAWING MARINE AND OTHER SUBJECTS                                                        BILL MEARNS     

Drawing in a representational form. Ways of looking for and at subjects, composition, perspective, materials to work with.

M135 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
M136 GERMAN CONVERSATION                                                                                PAUL THOST

German conversation, 19th Century history, Schiller, Goethe, Bismarck, 1848 Revolution etc.

 
M141 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.

W111

 

HISTORY’S GREATEST STRATEGISTS                                                                   CHRIS BISHOP

This course takes you on a journey through history and profiles some of history’s greatest strategists. We will look 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”.

W112

 

THE LEGACY OF THE DUKE OF CLARENCE                                                                JANE HALL

A history of the Clarence area of Tasmania from John Hayes’ visit in 1793 up to the present day.

W113 CALLIGRAPHY                                                                                                  PETER SEEKINGS

 

W114 SKETCHING/DRAWING                                                                               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.

W115 MAH JONG                                                                                                    JAN CHIPMAN

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

 
W121 SINGING FOR PLEASURE                                                                      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.

W122 THE KENNEDY FAMILY – CAMELOT OR CURSE                                                    JOAN CARR

From farming in Ireland to ruling the country, the astronomical rise of the Kennedy family in three generations has rarely been equalled, but nor has the number of tragedies to strike one family. Was it a curse or just a whole lot of bad luck? And what of the women who married into the family?

W123

 

FRENCH CLUB                                                                                                          DES COOPER

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

W124 SPANISH                                                                                                           SELF DIRECTED

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

W125 TAI CHI                                                                                                       SELF-DIRECTED

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

W126 MAH JONG – CONTINUATION FROM SESSION 1
W131 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.

W132 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.

 

14/3/18 TBA
21/3/18 TBA
28/3/18 TBA
 

4/4/18 TBA
11/4/18 TBA
18/4/18 TBA
2/5/18 TBA
9/5/18 TBA
16/5/18 TBA
23/5/18 TBA
W133 EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS                   GERRY FREED

We will look at a wide ranging spectrum of emerging technologies and discuss their possible impact on global society. Food and energy sourcing, genetic modification of       h. sapiens, AI, disease reduction, longevity and population demographics, redefinition of work, managing life on a hot globe, keeping the asteroids out.

W134 CARD MAKING CLUB                                                                                      LESLEY THOMSON

Suitable for both beginners and more experienced card makers. We will cover the basics of card making and learn different techniques to make your individual cards. Participants are asked to email Lesley for a list of suggested supplies. Some supplies will be available to share but you may have to buy some extras as the classes progress. A class where you are encouraged to use your imagination and creativity to make original cards to send to family and friends. $5 fee for this course.

W135 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.

W136 LEARN TO PLAY CHESS                                                                                      MERV KERSHAW

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.

 
W141 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.

Previous Terms

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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