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Diploma of Classical Languages

Overview

The Diploma of Classical Languages complements the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts. Students who enrol in the course will be able to learn the languages in which the Western Tradition was originally articulated and expressed, and thus access the texts in their original language, free from the interpretations of translation.

Latin and Ancient Greek are far from being ‘dead languages’. They are very much alive in our modern languages and culture. The benefits deriving from the study of classical languages are various,as they enable students to develop a variety of intellectual and practical skills. For instance, how to appreciate the value of and learn from foreign languages and remote cultures; how to engage critically with texts and ideas which stand at the beginning of longstanding literary, philosophical and historiographical traditions, and problematize them; how to analyse and question time-honoured beliefs, axioms and theories, and identifythe origins and trace the genealogies of modern concepts; how to articulate, communicate, and defend one’s own ideas by gaining mastery of the ancient art of rhetoric.

Language is the means by which human beings interact with one another and in which they configure and articulate their understanding of the world of experience. Thus by exploring the way in which a language is structured, one gradually gains an understanding of a people’s worldview and culture.

Course Outline

Each unit at Campion College is worth 6 credit points. Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 48 credit points (8 units) to meet the minimum requirements for the qualification. 

Students must complete Level 100 units in both Latin and Greek. This will give students the opportunity to appreciate the relation between the two languages, the differences and similarities characterising their underlying cultures, and the way they influenced their respective development.

Students can then specialise in either language and should have a 6:2 split between units in each language i.e. either 6 Latin units + 2 Greek units, or 6 Greek units + 2 Latin units. 

Indicative course outlines are shown below.

Indicative sequence for students specialising in Latin

* Students may have the opportunity substitute one of the Level 300 units above with LAN305: The Eternal City – The Poetics and Politics of Space and Language from Paganism to Christianity. This unit is based on field learning as it includes excursions to relevant sites of historical significance and is delivered in intensive mode over a three week period in Rome. Campion’s Rome School runs every two years, subject to demand.

Indicative sequence for students specialising in Greek

Please note that units must be studied sequentially given prerequisite requirements.

 123456
Latin LAN101LAN102
Pre req: LAN101
LAN203
Pre req: LAN102
LAN204
Pre req: LAN203
LAN301
Pre req: LAN204
LAN302
Pre req: LAN301
GreekGRE101GRE102
Pre req: GRE101
GRE201
Pre req: GRE102
GRE202
Pre req: GRE201
GRE301
Pre req: GRE202
GRE302
Pre req: GRE301

Mode of Delivery

Lectures and tutorials are all delivered in person.

Admission

A student who wishes to qualify for the Diploma of Classical Languages must currently be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts offered by Campion College Australia. 
 
The Diploma of Classical Languages can only be undertaken:
  • on a part-time basis (i.e. no more than two classical-language units of study may be undertaken in a single semester); and
  • concurrently to the Bachelor course.

New students may indicate their intention to complete the Diploma of Classical Languages on the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts application form. Current students should speak to the Dean of Studies.

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Please complete the form below and our Student Recruitment Manager will be in touch. Alternatively, you can get in contact on (02) 9896 9303 or via study@campion.edu.au.

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