From Peace to War: An International History of Europe, 1815-1914

Spanning a century of global events, this course investigates the diplomatic, economic, political and cultural relations between European states, their governments and people from the Congress of Vienna that brought the Napoleonic Wars to an end to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

The Nineteenth Century was an era of profound change within and outside the European continent. This course reflects on some of those changes and asks questions about their impact on Europeans and on Europe’s place in the world. Above all, it re-evaluates the traditional historiography which argues that the “long” Nineteenth Century (1815 – 1914) was dominated by tension, crisis and war, ultimately leading to the outbreak of the First World War. Instead, it posits that the century was one in which Europeans exercised an extraordinary amount restraint towards each other, albeit not towards the rest of the world. As such, the course investigates themes of peace, war, stability, internationalism, humanitarianism, globalisation and international law and asks questions of nineteenth-century European imperialism, nationalism, industrialisation and revolution.

You will join a class which is studying History (HISTORY 238) as part of an undergraduate degree, but you will not attend tutorials, complete assignments or sit an exam – a no- stress learning opportunity. You will have online access to the course lecture notes.

Limited to 10 CCE participants.

Playing with Words: an introduction to creative writing

What is meant by ‘creative writing’? Will I be any good at it? These two questions are our common starting point in this introductory course designed to teach you a few useful craft skills, ranging from getting a workable idea to adopting a point of view, to understanding how genre influences plot, character and style.

Experience the pleasure of sharing your work, and learn how you can improve your writing style with judicious editing. This class offers a supportive friendly atmosphere for those wanting to’ give it a go’.

Bring a laptop (or a pen and a notebook) and try out various writing styles and forms in a fun few hours that will prepare you to continue your writing journey.

Course outline

Session  1

Your writer’s voice- what is it, how do you access it?
The difference between raw and created voice.  How your writer’s voice is unique.

Are there rules and formulas for writers?
Common misunderstandings about what writers need to do and not do

Claiming your territory as a writer
What matters to you and how this can inform your subject matter and give it narrative drive

Plot and character: what is their relationship?
How different genres and reader expectation affect the relationship between plot and character. Common narrative structures, using character to develop plot.

Session 2

Exploring viewpoint: a powerful way to connect with the reader.
The differences between various points of view and how those choices affect your reader.

Common stylistic mistakes: how to recognize and avoid them
Purple prose, clichés, wooden dialogue, clunky exposition.

Self-editing: improve your style and clarify your intentions
Three kinds of editing, seeking outside feed-back, finding out about further community writing support

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • have a better understanding of what is meant by creative writing
  • identify genres they wish to study and practice further

Who should attend?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to write and is looking explore new writing ideas.

The Writer’s Tool Kit

Fiction’s purpose is to create a continuous and engaging dream in the mind of a reader. This course looks closely at the key craft skills writers use, unpacking complex ideas in a creative and practical way. Topics include to finding and honing your own voice as a writer, understanding and successfully using point of view, experimenting with innovative genre-crossing, types of narrative structure, creating character and generating plot from character journey, and ways to self-edit and re-draft work. Each session offers pertinent quotes from established writers, examples from works of fiction, practical class exercises, group work, feedback and optional home tasks.

Course outline

Session 1: This session opens the door to the world of fiction, offering ideas and practical exercises designed to deepen your understanding of the writer’s craft.

Topics we will be covering are:

  • What is the purpose of fiction?
  • How do you nurture the impulse to write?
  • How do you find your writer’s voice?
  • How do you creating meaning through narrative structure?
  • How can you experiment with genre?
  • How do you find your story premise or ‘heart’?

Session 2: This session is about finding the right tone and the point of view to tell your story. We will look closely at differing points of view to see how a situation can be endlessly “seen” depending on who is seeing it.

Session 3: This session focuses on your developing your writing style by recognizing different styles and experimenting with them. We will look at the difference between emotion and sentimentality and how various writers create atmosphere through their choice of language. We will also play with types of form and narrative structure to generate new story ideas.

Session 4: This session is about creating your reader’s connection to your characters. We will learn how to create a strong character journey, and how to use dreams and obstacles to build up narrative tension and create forward motion. We will try out accessing your character’s inner thoughts through dialogue, monologue, and narration.

Session 5: In our final session we will read aloud work we have done in class and get written feedback from others on the course. We will also talk about dealing with writer’s block, managing feedback, how to self- edit and the importance of re-writing.

Learning outcomes

Learners will be able to demonstrate some of the key craft skills required to create fiction.

Who should attend?

Writers (and readers) of fiction who have some experience in writing from the imagination, or have been exposed to fiction through their reading. This is a mid-level course and not suitable for beginners.

Gain an insight to some of the most famous researcher’s, experiments and case studies in the field of psychology

Are you fascinated by Psychology? This course offers insight into some of the famous researcher’s, experiments and case studies that have helped to shape the field of psychology as we know it today.

Learn about the lives and research of Skinner, Pavlov, Freud, Piaget, Bandura, Milgram, and Loftus.

Explore famous experiments from psychology, Pavlov’s Dog, Little Albert, Harlow’s monkeys, Ash’s conformity study, Milgram’s obedience experiments and the Stanford prison experiment. Examine the findings and impact on the field of psychology.

Examine famous case studies of psychology. The impact of Phineas Gage’s infamous accident, the lives of Genie and Isabelle and their traumatic upbringings, explore human memory through the experiences of H.M (Henry Molaison) and Clive Wearing and examine the impact of Kitty Genovese’s murder on our understanding of human behaviour.

Course outline

Session 1: Will examine the fascinating lives and research of individuals such as Skinner, Pavlov, Freud, Piaget, Bandura, Milgram, and Loftus.

Session 2: Will explore examples of famous experiments that contributed to the development of psychology within the field and helped to shape the direction of future research. We will examine Pavlov’s Dog, Little Albert, Harlow’s monkeys, Ash’s conformity study, Milgram’s obedience experiments and the Stanford prison experiment. We will examine the findings and contribution of such research to the current field of psychology.

Session 3: Will examine famous case studies of psychology. We will examine the impact of Phineas Gage’s infamous accident, explore the lives of Genie and Isabelle and their traumatic upbringings, examine the human memory through the experiences of H.M (Henry Molaison) and Clive Wearing and examine the impact of Kitty Genovese’s murder on our understanding of human behaviour.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Identify key researchers in the field of psychology and have an understanding as to how these researchers contributed to the development of the wider field of psychology
  • explain at a base level how the findings of famous psychology experiments helped to shape further research within the field of psychology
  • Leaners will be able to identify key case studies that have driven exploration within the field of psychology
  • draw connections between these case studies and the current field of psychology

Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone with a general interest in psychology, or is considering an academic qualification in the field of psychology

Join us as we explore and celebrate Auckland’s jazz heritage.

Did you know that the carpark on the corner of Rutland and Lorne Street’s (opposite the
Central City Library) used to be a cabaret? Did you know that Artie Shaw played at the St
James, and the Civic in 1943? In conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month (April) and
International Jazz Day (30 April) this one-off presentation will explore and celebrate
Auckland’s jazz heritage.

Course outline

In this one-off lecture we will explore the venues, musicians and audiences that made and
make up the Auckland jazz scene. Auckland’s jazz heritage is an interesting and complex mix
of music, morals, entertaintment, and venues. We will look at major venues and bands from
the 1920s to the present day and see how they shaped the local jazz scene.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding of Auckland’s jazz history and how it relates to the culture and society of Auckland from the 1920s to the present day.

Who should attend?

This lecture is designed for anyone who is curious about the history of jazz in New Zealand

Benefits of making flags for your business

If you are intending to promote your business then it is quite important to have good flags. In fact, the contribution of flagmaker is really great in this field. They can really help a person to promote a product or item in a much better way. Most of the flags do not require any permanent fixture. It can be placed in any place and at any time. In most of the cases, if the flag is to be placed in any outdoor position then there is a requirement of additional hardware that will make the appearance more stylish and lucrative at the same time.  There are ample benefits or advantages of using flags in any business.

Flags can be an attractive way to attract attention:

The attractive colors that are introduced in a flag are really awesome. It can easily attract the attention of the people. Even in the huge crowd people can easily identify the flag. Further, they do not need any type of permanent fixture for placement. It can be placed in any place without much effort.

Try a cost-effective solution for your business:

In fact, flags are always considered to be a cost-effective solution for any type of business. Even they are considered to be a perfect solution for marketing needs if the budget is tight. In the present time, many small scale industries are also opting for flags, so that their business can be expanded in a much better way.

Remains good, even in bad weather:

Yes, this is perhaps another point that is quite vital. Most of the flags are made of such high-quality materials that they withstand any climatic conditions. It remains in the same condition even there is heavy rain or storm. It can also tolerate high-temperature and the color does not fade away. It is really a great advantage or merit of the flags.

Easy installation of the flags:

Another amazing feature of the flag is that it can be installed or placed at any place or position. You can even promote your brand or item in any international or sports event. They are a great way of marketing and also portable in nature.

Various sizes of the flags:

The flags are always available in various sizes and shapes. If you want maximum exposure, even in a small space, then such flags can be the best way to display the brand and product. There are many agencies that are engaged in designing such flags.

In short, flags are really the most perfect way of displaying any brand or product. As time is changing there has been the introduction of various products and themes and it has helped various companies to make progress and earn profits. Flags are just a great way to promote an item. If you are really planning to do something innovative for your company then making flags is just the ideal step. It should be tried and applied by the companies to get the best results in their field.  Apply this wonderful tool and take your business to the next level.

The Different Things to Consider for Selecting the Right Solar Panel

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The Social Alternative

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Why not let others take the necessary steps for you?

So your loved ones cannot prescribe a dependable installer and you don’t have sufficient energy to trawl through a great many outcomes that prominent web crawlers present you with. You don’t need to do something besides give the organization straightforward subtleties, for example, your name and what sort of establishment you require. After the organization gets your subtleties they can essentially look into their database and locate the ideal installer to coordinate your own inclinations.

By utilizing these kinds of sites you can be sure that the installers are completely authorized and have experienced a severe procedure to be recorded in that organization’s database. These kinds of correlation locales are anything but difficult to discover and are free, if you don’t mind guarantee you don’t pay any expenses as the most prevalent examination destinations are free.

The different alternatives in recent times have made it much easier for people to understand facts that are related to several processes of installing solar panels. Subsequent to finding a rundown of installers from the Internet or loved ones people emphatically recommend you complete a touch of research on each organization. Investigate their site; see any tributes and pictures of late work that they may offer. In the wake of refining your rundown further, you should contact the rest of the installers and request a proposition from everyone. The proposition will contain data, exhortation and estimating on the framework that will suit you and your property the best.