Offered :

2022 Term 2.

Date & Time:

Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm beginning 13 May 2022.

Other Time Zone equivalents:

  • New Zealand: Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm beginning Friday 13 May 2022

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: 1:00-3:00pm beginning Thursday 12 May 2022

  • US Pacific: 4:00-6:00pm beginning Thursday 12 May 2022

  • US Eastern: 7:00-9:00pm beginning Thursday 12 May 2022

  • New Delhi: 4:30-6:30am beginning Friday 13 May 2022

  • Sydney, Australia: 9:00am-11:00am beginning Friday 13 May 2022

Description :

Art, literature, religion and philosophy have never been entirely discrete and separate entities. They have intersected down the ages, influencing and taking inspiration from one another. This course will look at how that contextual relationship has evolved over the centuries. Eight weekly two-hour sessions, tea, coffee, bikkies provided. Both in-person and on-line options available

Meet our Instructor

History, Literature & Philosophy Instructor Peter Dornauf, MA Dip Tchg

Peter Dornauf has taught in secondary schools, Wintec and Waikato University collectively for over 25 years. He is a well know Waikato artist, art critic and a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His book “Days of Our Deaths” serves as the basis for one of Peter’s other popular EarthDiverse courses, “A Cultural History of Death.” Peter also teaches our “The Spiritual in Modern Art” course and continues to develop additional EarthDiverse courses for future Terms.


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse offices and classrooms located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front on Anglesea Street.

Distance-Learning :

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered: attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time, attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time, watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule. These options can be mixed and matched throughout the course to suit your own availability and location.

Distance-Learning Options:

In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, This course offers distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom. Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time. Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options

Course curriculum

    1. The Greek World: Heroic Age

    1. The Roman World

    1. The Early Christians

    1. The Renaissance:

    1. The Age of Enlightenment

    1. The Early Modernists

About this course

  • $150.00
  • 8 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content


Detailed Syllabi are available at the start of each Term. Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and there are no prerequisites for any of the Term courses. This class has no assignments, required readings, quizzes, tests or exams. All classes encourage questions and group discussion. PDF copies of each class presentation are emailed to all participants the next day so that you are free to focus on class content rather than taking notes. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in and enjoy the discussions! Course fees include a short tea/coffee/snack break in the middle of each session. There are no refunds for missed classes. Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single class at no charge. Certificates of Completion for any particular Term Course or Series are available for Professional Development purposes upon request at the end of each Term or Series.

Prerequisites :

There are no prerequisites for this course.


Love your courses!

Vicki Jacobsen

I have so enjoyed and appreciated this course (along with the others of yours I have attended).  It has spurred a long held interest and I am looking forward to pursuing the knowledge and the way of considering and understanding I have gained from you and your programmes. (2022 Term 2)