Two-week intensive unit on Plato’s Phaedo


Close reading of one of the most celebrated of all Socratic dialogues


Explore themes of immortality, philosophy as a way of life and the nature of the soul


In-depth study delivered over a two week period


Delivered on campus


Open to current students and the general public for credit


Classes commence July 19th 2021

Delivery mode

In person, on campus

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Our Winter Intensive will be delivered on campus at 8-14 Austin Woodbury Place Old Toongabbie NSW 2146. You will receive a detailed unit outline prior to the first session.

Class dates/times

4 contact hours per day over 2 weeks

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You will have 2x two-hour sessions per day from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. 

Sessions will take place from Monday 19-Friday 23 July and Monday 26-Thursday 29 July 2020 (9 days total).


Assessment overview*

Essay, oral exam and class participation

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Students enrolled for academic credit will be required to complete the following assessments in order to pass the unit.

• 2500-word research essay
• Oral examination
• Attendance and participation in sessions. Further information will be provided to enrolled students in the unit outline.

*Auditing students are not required to complete assessments. See ‘Enrolment Options’ below for further information.


The Phaedo is a dramatization of Socrates’ final conversation with friends in prison, before drinking hemlock and dying. (Drinking the hemlock was his appointed punishment after he was found guilty by the city of Athens of denying the city’s gods and corrupting the young.) In it, Socrates describes his own life as a philosopher, relates his dissatisfaction with the philosophic teaching he encountered as a youth and his resultant turn towards a new way of pursuing wisdom, and explores arguments for the immortality of the soul. The class will read the entire dialogue, in a scrupulously literal translation, paying careful attention both to its philosophical content and to its literary character. A copy of the text will be provided to all enrolled students.

Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the major themes and questions in the text


Critically evaluate the arguments presented in the text


Appreciate the significance of the author's choice of the literary form of the text


Write well-argued and well-structured essays and appropriately use references and bibliographies according to academic conventions


Dr Jeremy Bell
BA Hons, MPhil (Sydney), PhD (UChi), AMusA, LMusA

Jeremy completed a B.A., majoring in Jewish Studies, and an M.Phil in philosophy, both at the University of Sydney. In 2006 he was awarded a General Sir John Monash Award to support his doctoral studies with the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He began teaching at Campion in 2015, several months before defending his doctoral dissertation on Elizabeth Anscombe’s philosophy of mind. His research interests are chiefly in ethics and Thomist philosophy.


Enrolment is open to students currently enrolled in our Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts (BA students) as well as the general public. Members of the general public have two options for enrolment (see below for further details). Please submit your enrolment form by 5pm AEST Thursday 16 July 2021.











Don’t miss this opportunity to undertake a close reading of one of the most celebrated of all Socratic dialogues with esteemed Campion academic Dr Jeremy Bell.


Close reading of the text


Delivered on campus in Western Sydney


4 contact hours per day over 2 weeks


Open to current students and the general public for credit

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an attendance requirement?

Students are expected to attend all classes. The College’s attendance policy requires that students attend a minimum of 80% of classes offered in the unit. Students who fail to meet the attendance requirement and do not provide satisfactory explanation for their absence will risk failing the unit. 

What will classes be like?

Each session will focus on a particular section of Plato’s Phaedo. You will review each section through guided class discussions. Students are expected to read the necessary materials and prepare for discussions prior to each session.

Should I enrol as a miscellaneous or auditing student?

This really depends on your individual circumstances. If you would like this unit to be recognised by a tertiary institution either now or in the future, we recommend enrolling as a Miscellaneous Student. However, it is important to note that each institution has its own guidelines for recognising prior learning. If you are currently enrolled in a course and intend to use this unit for credit, we encourage you to speak to your institution before enrolling. If you are interested in undertaking this unit purely out of personal interest, enrolling as an Auditing Student is probably best.

What reading materials will I need?

A PDF of the text will be made available to all enrolled students. It is important that all students use this PDF to ensure everyone is reading the same translation. Other relevant secondary materials will also be made available to you electronically.

What is the difficulty level of this unit?

The Winter Intensive is a Level 300 unit designed for third-year undergraduate students. It assumes reasonable skill in composing academic essays and engaging with written texts. If you have undertaken undergraduate studies in the past or if you are currently enrolled at another institution, you will likely have the necessary skills to successfully complete this unit as a Miscellaneous Student.

What are my payment options as a Miscellaneous or Auditing Student?

All fees must be paid upfront prior to the first session. Payment options we offer include credit card (via phone with our Accounts Team) and direct deposit (EFT).

What happens if I wish to withdraw part-way through the intensive?
Students who commence the Winter Intensive but do not wish to continue can withdraw without academic or financial penalty by the 23rd of July 2021.


Who can I contact with further questions?

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Recruitment Manager on (02) 9896 9303 or via study@campion.edu.au


As Australia’s first tertiary liberal arts college, Campion has the privilege of offering a unique tertiary experience which focuses on an integrated study of history, literature, philosophy, theology and science. A liberal arts degree is perfect for those seeking to foster intellectual and personal development whilst gaining practical higher order skills that will set you up for success in work and life.