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Study a Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) or the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws with ACU – exciting courses exploring the intellectual tradition and culture of the West. Scholarships are available.
This is a liberal arts degree that will give ambitious students a broad understanding of Western literature, philosophy, art, politics, religion, science and history, and a deep appreciation of the ways in which these traditions (in dialogue with other cultures) have helped to shape the modern world.
First round applications for 2022 entry into the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) will close on 30 November 2021. Final applications will close on 31 January 2022.
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The Ramsay Centre is funding 30 generous scholarships valued at up to $150,000 to support students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) or Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws at the North Sydney Campus.
The scholarships are $30,000 per year of the degree up to $90,000 for the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) and up to $150,000 for the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws. It includes funding for an optional international study experience, and an early payment to help offset start-up costs such as relocation and accommodation.
Scholarships are granted based on academic merit and alignment with Ramsay attributes, such as leadership qualities, commitment to enrichment of society, and critical habit of mind, and ACU’s mission and focus, such as commitment to the dignity of the human person and the common good.
What you will study
Whether you study the single or the double degree, you will explore the past, present and future of Western intellectual life and culture through immersion in some of the key literary, philosophical, artistic, religious, political and scientific works that have shaped the Western intellectual tradition from antiquity to the present.
You’ll delve into works by Plato and Aristotle; Augustine and Aquinas; Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; Homer and Shakespeare; Locke and Hume; Dickens and Tolstoy – and you will also explore, critique and debate their enduring influence. If you choose to study the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws double degree, you’ll also immerse yourself in legal studies.
As you progress through the course, you will develop a deep understanding of the key ideas and principles that have defined – and continue to define – Western culture and which have significantly shaped the wider world.
You will develop skills greatly valued by contemporary employers across a range of professions: clear communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and problem-solving – skills that will allow you to navigate the complexities of the modern world, and to make your own contributions to our common future. With the double degree, you’ll also gain the skills to become a confident, ethical lawyer with the legal skills and knowledge to make a real contribution to the legal profession.
At a time when the ideas of democracy, the rule of law, the scientific method, freedom of speech and religion, and the rights and dignity of the individual, are being called into question, a liberal arts education will immerse you in the serious study of how these hard-won ideas emerged over millennia.
Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)
The Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) features 14 core units focused on the Western intellectual and cultural traditions, with emphasis on the disciplines of literature, philosophy, history, politics, art and architecture. We are committed to a personal learning approach, and the core units will be delivered in small seminars of around 10 students, allowing in-depth, guided discussion.
You will also undertake an eight-unit major drawn from a selection of existing Bachelor of Arts sequences, including drama, English, history, philosophy, politics and international relations, psychology, sociology, theological studies, or visual arts. Finally, you will undertake a community engagement placement experience, and one general elective.
Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Bachelor of Laws
There is also an opportunity to pair the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) with the Bachelor of Laws. This five-year double degree combines practical and theoretical training in legal knowledge with the study of Western civilisation. You’ll graduate with a deep understanding of legal practice as well as Western literature, philosophy, art, politics, religion, science and history, and how these help us to comprehend our world and the dialogue between cultures.
You’ll gain all the unique benefits of the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisations) – fascinating units, personalised teaching and facilities and community engagement (pro bono) – while also graduating with the skills to enter the legal profession.