Credit points


Minimum duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Approved locations

  • North Sydney

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

Admission requirements

Applicants must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent:



English (Advanced) (Band 2) or English (EAL) (Band 4)

Entry into this course is based on a combination of a written submission (personal statement essay), an interview and academic performance. Applicants are assessed on a combination of:

  1. written submission of a personal statement,
  2. ATAR-Selection Rank including adjustment factors, International Baccalaureate (IB), or equivalent, and
  3. interview.

Disclaimer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.


'Major': 80 cp in prescribed units in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, normally including at least 10 cp at 100-level at least 40 cp at 200-level and at least 20 cp from 300-level.

'Minor': 40 cp in prescribed units in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, normally including at least 10 cp at 100-level and at least 20 cp at 200- or 300-level.

Completion requirements

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 140 cp from Western Civilisation Specified Units (Part A)
  2. 10cp from Community Engagement Units (Part B)
  3. 10cp from Western Civilisation Elective Units (Part C)
  4. 80cp from BA Majors’ Units listed in the Schedule of Unit Offerings (Part D)

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 progress through the course, students will be advised by the Course Coordinator.

Exit points

Students who have met the requirements of the Diploma in Liberal Arts can exit with this award.

Progression requirements

Unless otherwise specified, students must complete a unit or units at an introductory level (100-level) in an approved sequence before undertaking advanced level units (200 or 300-level) in that sequence. Any additional prerequisites for individual units are shown in brackets after the unit in the Schedule of Unit Offerings.

Part A : Specified Western Civilisation Units

Complete exactly 140 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
WCIV100The Desire to Understand: Introducing the Western Intellectual Tradition10
WCIV101Form and Beauty: Origins of Western Art and Architecture10
WCIV200Doctrine, Myth and History: Religion and the West10
WCIV301Scientific Revolutions and the Western World10
WPOL100The Birth of Politics: Origins of Western Political Thought10
WPOL200The Rise of Liberalism: Authority, Society and Freedom10
WPOL300Politics and People in British, American and Australian Democracies10
WLIT100Greek and Roman Classics: Origins of Western Literature10
WLIT200Medieval and Renaissance Masterpieces: the Rise of the English Literary Tradition10
WLIT201The Age of the Novel: 1600-190010
WLIT300Romanticism to Postmodernism: Movements Toward the Literary Present10
WPHI101Thinking the Real: Western Metaphysics10
WPHI201Truth and Knowledge in Western Philosophy10
WPHI301The Good, the Right and the Beautiful: Western Ethic and Aesthetics10

Part B : Community Engagement Unit

Complete exactly 10 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
WCIV300Making a Difference: Community Engagement in Local, National and International Contexts10

Part C : Western Civilisation Elective Units

Complete exactly 10 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
WCIV210Grand Narratives: Western Art and Architecture From Renaissance to Baroque10
HIST251Human Rights in History10
HUMA253The Art of France From Empire to Modernity10
HUMA317History and Geography of Rome10
HUMA318The Literature and Drama of New York City10

Part D : Major Units

Complete exactly 1 of the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
PINRPolitics and International Relations80
THSDTheological Studies80
VISUVisual Arts80

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