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Introduction to Western Civilisation

Duration

6-month access to content

Study Mode

Self-paced

Attendance

Online

Structure

13-part lecture series

Tuition

Start Dates

What is “Western Civilisation”? This contested phrase does not refer to a homogeneous system of ideas and institutions. Rather, Western Civilisation is best thought of as an ever-changing battleground of different approaches to life’s great problems.

This online course introduces students to some of the great literary, philosophical, and theological texts in the Western canon that grapple with big questions including:

  • Is freedom the most important political value? Is it compatible with social order?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Is reason our sole guide in navigating life’s challenges or should we rely also on divine revelation?

In addition to these questions, Introduction to Western Civilisation also covers some key episodes in Western European history, which can be understood most fundamentally as concerted attempts to implement different answers to these questions.

Enrolment in this short course is open to individuals aged 17 and above.

The course is self-paced and delivered through an online learning portal containing 13 pre-recorded lectures. This means you can start at any time and study at your own pace.

The short course can also be used as an alternative admission pathway into Campion College. Click on the FAQ section for further details.

This short course consists of 13 online lectures covering:

History

  • Athens & Jerusalem
  • Roman Empire
  • European Monasticism
  • The Reformation
  • The Enlightenment

Literature

  • Sophocles
  • Dante
  • Shakespeare

Philosophy

  • Plato and The Republic
  • René Descartes
  • Friedrich Nietzsche

Theology

  • Who was Jesus Christ?
  • Theology of Thomas Aquinas

There is no admission process to undertake this online short course. Enrolling is simple:

  1. Click ‘Enrol Now’
  2. Complete the sign-up form.
  3. Pay for the course via the payment portal on the Parousia Media website
  4. Receive your login details and access the pre-recorded lectures.

The cost of this course is $299 for 6-month access.

Your access period begins from the date of payment.

If you are using this course as the basis for admission to our undergraduate degree, course sign-up and payment must be registered in your name.

The outcomes of this online short course are as follows:

  1. Exercise enhanced skills of analysis and critical thinking;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the key events and figures in the history of the West;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the debates surrounding the contested concept of “Western Civilisation;”
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the seminal philosophical and theological ideas that have shaped, and continue to shape, Western society; and
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation of some of the literary masterpieces in the Western tradition.

Who is this course designed for?

Enrolment is open to individuals aged 17 and above. The course is designed to provide an introduction to Western Civilisation.

 

What does the course actually look like?

After paying for the course, you will receive login details for the Parousia Media online learning platform. Here you will receive access to 13 pre-recorded lectures from Campion’s esteemed academics as well as suggested readings to further your studies.

 

How long does it take to complete the course?

You will receive access to all 13 lectures at once and have the freedom to set your own study pace. Lecture times vary from 30-60 minutes, however we recommend spacing out your studies so you have time to consult the suggested readings provided by the academics before moving on to a new topic. All course content and the final essay should be completed within 6 months of purchase.

 

Do I need to complete assessments as part of this short course?

Yes. In order to successfully complete this course you will need to complete a 1000-word essay to one of four essay questions.

 

Will I receive a qualification upon completion of the course?

No, this is a non-award short course that can be taken for personal interest, however all students will receive a certificate of completion once the essay has been marked.

 

How can this course be used as an alternative admission pathway into Campion College?

Completion of the Introduction to Western Civilisation short course can be used as an alternative entry pathway into Campion’s three-year Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts or one-year Diploma of Liberal Arts.

For anyone intending to use Introduction to Western Civilisation as an admission pathway:

  • ordinarily, the online course must be completed no more than six months prior to the commencement of their study at Campion. Your essay should be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the semester. Semester start dates can be found here.
  • ordinarily, you must have completed or must be currently in your final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 or equivalent)
  • academic transcripts for any tertiary study begun and/or completed within the past 8 years must be submitted with the application form.

After you have submitted your essay, please complete the online application form. Our admissions team will be in touch to arrange a time for an interview with one of our academics as the final step of your admission process.

 

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information on the Introduction to Western Civilisation short course, please contact our Student Recruitment Manager on (02) 9896 9303 or email study@campion.edu.au.

 

What is “Western Civilisation"? This contested phrase does not refer to a homogeneous system of ideas and institutions. Rather, Western Civilisation is best thought of as an ever-changing battleground of different approaches to life’s great problems. This online course introduces students to some of the great literary, philosophical, and theological texts in the Western canon that grapple with big questions including:
  • Is freedom the most important political value? Is it compatible with social order?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Is reason our sole guide in navigating life’s challenges or should we rely also on divine revelation?
In addition to these questions, Introduction to Western Civilisation also covers some key episodes in Western European history, which can be understood most fundamentally as concerted attempts to implement different answers to these questions. Enrolment in this short course is open to individuals aged 17 and above. The course is self-paced and delivered through an online learning portal containing 13 pre-recorded lectures. This means you can start at any time and study at your own pace. The short course can also be used as an alternative admission pathway into Campion College. Click on the FAQ section for further details.

This short course consists of 13 online lectures covering:

History

  • Athens & Jerusalem
  • Roman Empire
  • European Monasticism
  • The Reformation
  • The Enlightenment

Literature

  • Sophocles
  • Dante
  • Shakespeare

Philosophy

  • Plato and The Republic
  • René Descartes
  • Friedrich Nietzsche

Theology

  • Who was Jesus Christ?
  • Theology of Thomas Aquinas

There is no admission process to undertake this online short course. Enrolling is simple:

  1. Click ‘Enrol Now’
  2. Complete the sign-up form.
  3. Pay for the course via the payment portal on the Parousia Media website
  4. Receive your login details and access the pre-recorded lectures.

The cost of this course is $299 for 6-month access.

Your access period begins from the date of payment.

If you are using this course as the basis for admission to our undergraduate degree, course sign-up and payment must be registered in your name.

The outcomes of this online short course are as follows:

  1. Exercise enhanced skills of analysis and critical thinking;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the key events and figures in the history of the West;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the debates surrounding the contested concept of “Western Civilisation;”
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the seminal philosophical and theological ideas that have shaped, and continue to shape, Western society; and
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation of some of the literary masterpieces in the Western tradition.

Who is this course designed for?

Enrolment is open to individuals aged 17 and above. The course is designed to provide an introduction to Western Civilisation.

 

What does the course actually look like?

After paying for the course, you will receive login details for the Parousia Media online learning platform. Here you will receive access to 13 pre-recorded lectures from Campion’s esteemed academics as well as suggested readings to further your studies.

 

How long does it take to complete the course?

You will receive access to all 13 lectures at once and have the freedom to set your own study pace. Lecture times vary from 30-60 minutes, however we recommend spacing out your studies so you have time to consult the suggested readings provided by the academics before moving on to a new topic. All course content and the final essay should be completed within 6 months of purchase.

 

Do I need to complete assessments as part of this short course?

Yes. In order to successfully complete this course you will need to complete a 1000-word essay to one of four essay questions.

 

Will I receive a qualification upon completion of the course?

No, this is a non-award short course that can be taken for personal interest, however all students will receive a certificate of completion once the essay has been marked.

 

How can this course be used as an alternative admission pathway into Campion College?

Completion of the Introduction to Western Civilisation short course can be used as an alternative entry pathway into Campion’s three-year Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts or one-year Diploma of Liberal Arts.

For anyone intending to use Introduction to Western Civilisation as an admission pathway:

  • ordinarily, the online course must be completed no more than six months prior to the commencement of their study at Campion. Your essay should be submitted at least two weeks before the start of the semester. Semester start dates can be found here.
  • ordinarily, you must have completed or must be currently in your final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 or equivalent)
  • academic transcripts for any tertiary study begun and/or completed within the past 8 years must be submitted with the application form.

After you have submitted your essay, please complete the online application form. Our admissions team will be in touch to arrange a time for an interview with one of our academics as the final step of your admission process.

 

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information on the Introduction to Western Civilisation short course, please contact our Student Recruitment Manager on (02) 9896 9303 or email study@campion.edu.au.