Diploma of Liberal Arts – Foundations of the Western Tradition


The Diploma of Liberal Arts – Foundations of the Western Tradition is a Higher Education Award that provides foundational understandings of Western society and culture upon which more specialised studies and vocations can be built. The units of study of the Diploma provide students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of selected foundational and theoretical concepts and ideas in history, literature, philosophy and theology which have contributed to the genesis and development of the Western Tradition.

Course Outline

Each unit at Campion College is worth 6 credit points. Students are required to successfully complete all Level 100 core units of the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts listed below (48 credit points in total/8 units) in order to meet the minimum requirements for the Diploma. 

Provisional students must enrol in STU101: Study Skills + two of the core units listed below in their first semester.

Full-time students, studying four units per semester, will finish the degree in one year. Time frames for part-time and miscellaneous students will vary. 

Mode of Delivery

Lectures and tutorials are all delivered in person.


Tuition fees for Campion College can be deferred fully or partially through FEE-HELP, the federal government’s student loans scheme for eligible domestic students or New Zealand Special Category Visa holders.

Fees and additional information can be found at  www.campion.edu.au/tuition


Admission to this course is based on three elements:

  • The applicant’s academic background
  • A written statement
  • An interview with academic staff


The Diploma of Liberal Arts is considered an early exit pathway from the Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts. As such, students wishing to graduate with the Diploma must go through the same application process as students wishing to graduate with the Bachelor. On the application form, there will be a section to indicate your intention to complete the Level 100 units only. This will not pose a problem should the student later decide they would like to go on and complete Level 200 and 300 units also. 

Graduate Outcomes

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.

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