Samples of Liberal Arts Contents

Many Australians today ask, “What is a Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts?”, to which Campion responds:

It is a broad study of Western Civilisation, focusing on history, literature, theology, philosophy, science, Latin and maths, and covering the ancient classics right through to modern times – offering a truly broad and holistic education.

The Liberal Arts teaches students how to think, not what to think. This is done by forming students intellectually, liberating their minds to think critically, innovatively and creatively.

It is a different approach to education, preparing students for leadership in various professions – including teaching, journalism, business, law, medicine and research.

To add to this, Campion is now offering the opportunity to sample Liberal Arts Contents online. To experience the complementary units in each of the core disciplines – Literature, History, Theology and Philosophy – simply click the links to the left.

Welcome to the sampling of the Campion College curriculum. We hope that the online units, which you are about to listen to and view, will provide you with a taste of the Liberal Arts programme offered by Campion College Australia. We trust that they will inspire you to learn more about liberal education and its central place in the Western Tradition.

Dr Luciano Boschiero

Acting Dean of Studies, Campion College Australia

Literature

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Abstract

In these two podcasts, Campion’s lecturers in literature, Dr Stephen McInerney and Dr Colin Dray, compare and contrast two of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth and Hamlet, exploring the nature of tragedy and the recurring themes and tropes that give to these plays their cohesion and power.

 

Required Reading

William Shakespeare, Macbeth. Penguin Shakespeare, 2005: click here
William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Penguin Shakespeare, 2005: click here

 

Media

Please click to the left of the clock to start the podcast

Audio 1: Podcast:


Audio 2: Podcast:

 

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History

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Abstract

This short course, comprising of a lecture and reading material, is devoted to three historical figures: Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446), Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519), and Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564). The lives and works of these figures, spanning across two-hundred years, represent dramatic changes to the arts and sciences during the age of the renaissance in Western Europe. They expanded the late medieval conception of a liberal education to take in the sciences of design, anatomy and physiology. In the meantime, their intellectual achievements were intertwined with traditional perceptions of the purpose of philosophy in the pursuit of wisdom, including an understanding of the divine.

 

Required Reading

Reading 1: Alick McLean: click here

Reading 2: Alexander Perrig: click here

Reading 3: Peter Dear: click here

 

Media

Art, Science and Religion Powerpoint (with audio): click here

 

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Philosophy

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Abstract

Descartes and the Quest for Certainty

René Descartes (1596-1650) is often described as the Father of Modern Philosophy. In his famous Meditations on First Philosophy he asks himself whether there is any truth that he can be absolutely certain of, that is open to no conceivable doubt. Disconcertingly, he begins to think that he can be certain of much less than one might suppose, including the existence of his own body. Does this mean that we really know hardly anything that we thought we did? In this lecture we follow Descartes on part of his journey and analyse his reasoning. Along the way we meet an Evil Demon…

 

Required Reading

Descartes, René “Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I” in Haldane & Ross (trans.) The Philosophical Works of Descartes, Vol 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1911), pp. 144-9.

[available at http://www.sacred-texts.com/phi/desc/med.txt]

 

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Theology

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Abstract

Daily Eucharist is a regular part of the life here at Campion College, but is it an extra add on to the studies at the College? Campion College’s Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy, Dr. Matthew Tan, explores some links between the Eucharistic liturgy, and some topics covered in the philosophy and theology program.

 

Required Reading

The Epistomoglogy of the Mass, by Matthew Tan: click here

 

Media

Please click to the left of the clock to start the podcast

Audio 1: The Epistemology of the Mass:


Audio 2: The Apocalypse of the Mass:


Audio 3: The Politics of the Mass:

 

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