Diploma of Classical Languages
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.
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
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Level 100 Units (Introductory)||LAN101: Classical Latin I||LAN102: Classical Latin II|
|GRE101: Classical Greek I||GRE102: Classical Greek II|
|Level 200 Units (Intermediate)||LAN203: Classical Latin III||LAN204: Classical Latin IV|
|Level 300 Units (Advanced)*||LAN301: Language and Culture in Late Republican Rome||LAN302: Pagans and Christians from Augustus to Augustine|
* Students may have the opportunity substitute one of the Level 300 units above with LAN305: The Eternal City 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
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Level 100 Units (Introductory)||GRE101: Classical Greek I||GRE102: Classical Greek II|
|LAN101: Classical Latin I||LAN102: Classical Latin II|
|Level 200 Units (Intermediate)||GRE201: Classical Greek III||GRE202: Classical Greek IV|
|Level 300 Units (Advanced)||GRE301: The Main Themes of Greek Literature||GRE302: The Genres of Greek Literature|
Please note that units must be studied sequentially given prerequisite requirements.
Pre req: LAN101
Pre req: LAN102
Pre req: LAN203
Pre req: LAN204
Pre req: LAN204
Pre req: GRE101
Pre req: GRE102
Pre req: GRE201
Pre req: GRE202
Pre req: GRE202
Mode of Delivery
Lectures and tutorials are all delivered in person.
The Diploma of Classical Languages can only be undertaken on a part-time basis (i.e. no more no more than two classical-language units of study may be undertaken in a single semester). It is designed to be undertaken concurrently with – or after the completion of – Campion’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts or a similar degree at another institution.
If you are currently enrolled at Campion, please speak to the Dean of Studies about admission.
If you are applying to study at Campion in the future, please click here to complete the application form. You may indicate your intention to complete the Diploma of Classical Languages alongside the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts or on its own if you have already completed a similar degree elsewhere.
The expected educational outcomes of a Campion education are reflected in the following Graduate Attributes:
- The capacity to think logically, to critically analyse situations and find responsible solutions to problems;
- an advanced understanding of the way society has developed and the critical strands of human thinking and activity which have shaped and continue to shape Western culture;
- an integrated grasp of reality which will serve as the basis of lifelong learning;
- the ability to adapt to a wide variety of employment and career opportunities because of enhanced and developed generic attitudes such as independence of thought, critical evaluation, research abilities, and communication skills;
- a well-rounded appreciation of the world in which he or she lives, together with a strong sense of purpose;
- a commitment to truth, including moral truth, as a sure basis for character development; and
- advanced writing and presentation skills.