Credit points


Minimum duration

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Approved locations

  • North Sydney


*Not offered in North Sydney for International Students in Sem 2, 2023

EFTSL value of units : All 10cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a credit point (cp) value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

Admission requirements

Applicants must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Equivalent of an Australian bachelor’s degree in a related discipline; OR
  2. A Graduate Certificate in a related discipline; OR
  3. An Australian bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) AND demonstration of significant work/life experience to satisfy the prerequisite knowledge for this course

Related disciplines

Ancient History, Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Creative Arts, Drama, Economics, Education, English, Fine Arts, Geography, Law/Legal Studies, Media/Communications, Medieval Studies, Modern History, Modern Languages, Music/Musicology, Philosophy, Politics, International Relations, Psychology, Sociology, Study of Religions, Theological Studies, Visual Arts.

Applicants are also assessed on each of the following to determine suitability for this course:

  1. Personal statement, or essay,
  2. Performance at interview, and
  3. Demonstrated suitability on the basis of additional requirements for academic excellence.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Completion requirements

To qualify for the award a student must complete 120cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of: 

a.80cp from Specified Western Civilisation Units (Part A)

b.10cp to 20cp from Elective Units (Part B)

c.20cp to 30cp from Research Project Units (Part C)

Exit points

A student who has successfully completed the following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification.

  1. Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Western Civilisation): 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings.
  2. Graduate Diploma in Liberal Arts (Western Civilisation): 80 Credit Points from the Schedule of Unit Offerings.

Progression requirements

Students are required to follow the pattern of unit enrolment set out in the relevant Course Enrolment Guide, unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator. In all aspects of progression through this course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator.

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Schedule of unit offerings

Complete exactly 80 credit points from the following:

  • WCIV500Dialogues with Ancient Thinkers10 CP
  • WCIV501Medieval Encounters10 CP
  • WCIV502Tragic Vision10 CP
  • WCIV503Enlightenment Imagination and Romantic Reason10 CP
  • WCIV600Slow Reading in Wisdom: Interpretation and Research Methods10 CP
  • WCIV601Myriad-Minded Shakespeare10 CP
  • WCIV602Novel Thinking10 CP
  • WCIV603The Modernist Explosion10 CP

Complete 10 to 20 credit points from the following:

  • WCIV610Narrative Transformations: Epic, Romance, Novel10 CP
  • WCIV611Ulysses' Journeys10 CP
  • WCIV612After Modernity10 CP
  • PHIL620God, the Universe and Everything10 CP
  • PHIL622Truth and Interpretation (Hermeneutics)10 CP
  • PHIL624The Philosophy of Justice and Community10 CP
  • PHIL625Virtue in the Ethical Life10 CP
  • PHIL626Philosophical Contexts for Theology10 CP
  • THBS606Interpreting Biblical Texts for Contemporary Times10 CP
  • THBS620Special Study in Biblical Studies10 CP
  • THCT602Sacraments and Sacramentality10 CP
  • THCT608Theology of Marriage and Holy Orders10 CP
  • THCT610Australian Catholic History and Identity10 CP
  • THCT611Issues in Christian Ethics10 CP
  • THCT612Catholic Sexual Ethics10 CP
  • THCT613Foundations of Social Justice10 CP
  • THCT620Special Study in Christian Thought and Tradition10 CP
  • THEL500Biblical Hebrew A10 CP
  • THEL502Latin A10 CP
  • THEL503Latin B10 CP
  • THEL504Medieval Latin10 CP
  • THEL505New Testament Greek A10 CP
  • THEL625Biblical Hebrew B10 CP
  • THEL626New Testament Greek B10 CP
  • THEL628Special Study in Ancient Languages10 CP
  • THSP601Christian Contemplative History10 CP
  • THSP602Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Conversation10 CP
  • THSP611Medieval Mystics and the Experience of God10 CP

Complete 20 to 30 credit points from the following:

  • WCIV605Introduction to the Research Task10 CP
  • WCIV607Liberal Arts Research Project20 CP
  • WCIV608Extended Research Essay10 CP

Students interested in a pathway for eligibility for Ph.D. study must complete WCIV605 together with WCIV607. WCIV608 is not intended to contribute to a pathway for eligibility for Ph.D. study

Course map

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Always check your Course Enrolment Guide before you finalise your enrolment.

Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1 - 20 cp Research Project Units option

  • Specified Western Civilisation UnitsWCIV500Dialogues with Ancient Thinkers10 cp
  • Specified Western Civilisation UnitsWCIV501Medieval Encounters10 cp
  • Specified Western Civilisation UnitsWCIV600Slow Reading in Wisdom: Interpretation and Research Methods10 cp
  • Specified Western Civilisation UnitsWCIV601Myriad-Minded Shakespeare10 cp
  • Specified Western Civilisation UnitsWCIV502Tragic Vision10 cp
  • Specified Western Civilisation UnitsWCIV503Enlightenment Imagination and Romantic Reason10 cp
  • Research Project UnitsWCIV605Introduction to the Research Task10 cp
  • Elective Units Elective Unit10 cp

Commencing Semester 1 - 30 cp Research Project Units option

Commencing Semester 2 - 20 cp Research Project Units option

Commencing Semester 2 - 30 cp Research Project Units option

Commencing Semester 1 - 20 cp Research Project Units option - Part-time

Commencing Semester 1 - 30 cp Research Project Units option - Part-time

Commencing Semester 2 - 20 cp Research Project Units option - Part Time

Commencing Semester 2 - 30 cp Research Project Units option - Part-time

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