School of Liberal Arts Future Student Events

Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation – Liberal Arts School

An insight into the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation and university life: Friday, 14 April, 2023

The Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation Liberal Arts School is an immersive on-campus experience that will give you an insight into studying the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civisilisation and the diverse career opportunities in the Liberal Arts.

Open to high school students in years 11 and 12, the program will include intellectually stimulating workshops lead by academic experts as well as fun social activities.

This one-day workshop explores the themes of isolation, scepticism, and the search for truth and belonging, focusing on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. We also ask larger questions about what it means to know and what it means to doubt, drawing on Othello, another Shakespearian drama in which sceptical doubt is central, and the work of the philosopher Descartes, who used philosophical scepticism as the first step towards understanding the essence and nature of human knowledge. Over the day, students will be introduced to modes of inquiry that are both literary and philosophical, and will develop their own interpretive and reasoning skills in small-group discussions facilitated by SOLA staff and senior students. 

Why should you attend?

By attending the UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civisilisation Liberal Arts School you will:

  • Engage with and expand your understanding of texts that are part of the English Advanced HSC syllabus.
  • Be introduced to new great works that will help you develop a robust understanding of literature
  • Participate in Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation application workshop that will provide insights into the course's application process and the opportunity to hear from current UOW students about their experience.
  • Learn how to read and think at a university level
  • Improve your communication and presentation skills in a supportive environment
  • Engage in robust group discussions and debate with your peers, whilst being respectful of the view of others
  • Develop your critical thinking and reading skills essential for success in the HSC
  • Have fun and make new friends

Applications have now closed for this event

We invite you to take a deep dive into great works that inform our understanding of what makes and shapes personhood. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, we will introduce you to challenging questions at the intersection of literature and philosophy. You will develop your critical thinking skills, engage in exciting debate, and emerge with new theories and tools for understanding what personhood is, how it relates to virtue, and why personal agency matters. Elena Walsh Lecturer in the School of Liberal Arts

Frequently Asked Questions

No, this program is free to successful applicants.

No, you will be required to provide your own transportation to and from the UOW Wollongong Campus at your own expense.

A light breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. If you have any dietary requirements please ensure you advise UOW staff in the registration form. We suggest you bring a water bottle to refill as required.

UOW will be in contact with applicants by Friday, 31 March, 2023 to advise the outcome of an application.

Yes. The program has been designed to begin with an introduction to the texts and then move onto further deeper discussions in the following academic sessions. All students are required to participate in the full program of activities

Applications to study the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation are separate to the Liberal Arts School.  You need to apply online during application period.  The Liberal Arts School program includes an application workshop that will give you an insight into what is expected in the application process.  More information on the application, courses and UOW Ramsay Scholarship is available on the School of Liberal Arts website.

Parents/guardians are welcome to attend the presentation and farewell.  This session will also be the departure point at the end of the event. Please refer to the final program for details.

Throughout the duration of the event, several UOW staff will be present to ensure the safety and security of all students. During the morning welcome session, all students will be advised of the UOW staff to speak to if they need assistance and support. UOW Security are present on campus 24 hours a day.


Yes, your pre-arrival email will include information on parking.

Please advise any dietary requirements when completing the registration form.

Please advise any medical conditions when completing the registration form.

Please advise any medical conditions when completing the registration form. If you will have a carer with you please contact to discuss in more detail.

UOW has a dedicated COVID-19 response page to update students and visitors on the safety practices implemented on campus.  Please regularly refer to this resource prior to coming on campus.

Please give as much notice as possible if you can no longer attend as we will have a waitlist to offer your position to another interested student.  To cancel your attendance, please email or call 1300 367 869.

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