Recent centuries have seen a rise of the Humanities in contrast to a decline in the divinities. The Humanities are the disciplines that study aspects of human and culture through the lens of reflection and history - in contrast to the more experimental social sciences. What is it to express humanity? What is the nature of art or language?  Why do we like music?  What exactly is history? This course will take a philosophical and historical view of subjects such as philosophy, history, language and art, as we discuss how the way we view ourselves has changed over the millennia.

Michael Couch has been teaching community education courses for over a decade. With an academic background in Philosophy, Classical Studies, Education and History, he recently completed his PhD in the History of Philosophy of Education in New Zealand. He enjoys learning new topics, and incorporates passion and wry humour into all the courses he teaches.