Liberal Arts Winter School

An insight into the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation and university life. 28-29 June 2021.

The Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation Winter School is an immersive two day on-campus experience that will give you an insight into studying the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation 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. You will experience university life while staying in a UOW managed student residence.

Other than travel to and from the Winter School, all costs for this two day program will be covered by UOW, including accommodation and meals.

Spaces are limited. Applications are now closed.

 

Why you should attend 

By attending the UOW Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation Winter 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 a 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
  • Experience real university life by staying in UOW student accommodation
  • 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

Event program

Monday 28 June 2021

TimeDetailsSession Description & Presenter
8.00 Registration  
8:15 - 9:45 Welcome Breakfast Senior Professor Dan Hutto, SOLA Head of School
10:00 – 10:30 Overview
Introduction and Housekeeping
Welcome and Introduction to Western Civilisation
Speaker: Senior Professor Dan Hutto, SOLA Head of School
10:30– 11:00 Ice-breaker activity Dr Anthony Hooper
11:00 – 11:30 Morning Tea  
11:30 – 1:30 Academic Activity 1 A teacher-led ‘advanced’ discussion exercise through Hamlet facilitated by a world-leading Shakespeare scholar. Speaker and Discussion leader: Dr. Julian Lamb
1:30 – 2:15 Lunch  
2:15 – 3:45 Academic Activity 2

A student-led ‘deep dive’ discussion exercise into Hamlet.

Speaker and Discussion leader: Dr. Sophie Frazer 
3:45– 4:00  Afternoon Tea   
4:00 – 5:00 UOW campus tour and SOLA Student Lounge Lead: Student Representative
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner  
7:15 – 9:00 Movie night & popcorn  

Tuesday 29 June 2021

TimeDetailsSession Description & Presenter
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast  
8:45 – 9:30 Meet and Greet Panel Discussion Hosted by Stewart Mailer, the panel will include current students & School of Liberal Arts academic staff
9:30 – 10:00 Morning Tea  
10:00 - 11:15 Academic Session 3 Round Table of Experts followed by student-led Q&A
Panel: Dr. Sophie Frazer, Dr. Stephen McInerney
11:15 – 12:45  Academic Session 4  A student-led ‘look again’ discussion exercise in which we re-examine Hamlet in light of Socrates’ critique of the poets in Republic Book X facilitated by a world-leading Plato scholar.
Speaker and Discussion leader: Dr. Anthony Hooper and/or Dr. David Bronstein 
12:45 – 1:30  Lunch   
1:30 – 3:00  Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation Application Workshop  Lead by Dr. Anthony Hooper and current students  
3:00– 3:45  Careers in the Liberal Arts, Presentation & Farewell  Leads: Senior Professor Dan Hutto & Dr. Anthony Hooper 
3:45  Departure   

Note: Program is subject to change without notice.

Frequently asked questions

The texts at which we will be looking are Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Plato’s Republic. You do not need to prepare anything in advance. It may be advantageous to familiarise yourself with these texts prior to the event.

Not at all. The academic program has been designed to assist your present studies and enhance knowledge of these texts.

No, all costs including accommodation and meals are covered.

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

Yes, all meals will be provided.  You are welcome to bring any snacks and it is recommended you bring a water bottle to refill as required.

UOW will be in contact with applicants by 18 June 2021 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 two day program of activities

Applications to study the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation are separate to the Winter School.  You need to apply online during application period (19 July to 13 August 2021).  The Winter School program includes a 2 hour 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 a session on Tuesday afternoon from approximately 2.45pm titled: Careers in the Liberal Arts, Presentation & Farewell.  This session will also be the departure point at the end of the event. Please refer to the final program for details.

Unfortunately, parents/guardians are not able to stay in student accommodation. There are many options available in Wollongong should they want to be close by. Exceptions will be considered for students with a disability requiring a carer.  A Working With Children’s Check is required for all carers accompanying a student overnight.

You will stay in UOW student accommodation. More details will be provided in an pre-arrival email. All meals will be provided. Please advise any dietary requirements in the registration form.

No, rooms will have private bathroom facilities.

No. All beds will be made prior to arrival. Towels are also provided to each guest. Basic amenities such as soap and toilet paper are provided.

All students will be allocated their own room with a King single bed, private bathroom and study desk and chair.  Rooms also contain a ceiling fan and heater.

Yes. Username and Password will be provided at the time of check-in.

Yes. Please advise your arrival date and time as well as your departure date and time when completing the registration form.

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.

Community Leaders will be stationed in the accommodation building overnight should any student need assistance or support. All Community Leaders have a current Working With Children’s Check. In addition to Community Leaders, there will be one UOW staff member who also holds a current Working With Children’s Check.  UOW Security are present on campus 24 hours a day.

No.

No.

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 Stewart Mailer on email or 02 4298 1441 to discuss in more detail.

UOW has developed a webpage to update students and visitors on the safety practices implemented on campus.  Please regularly refer to this webpage prior to coming on campus.

Physical distancing and other measures will continue to operate on campus – please be sure to follow these so we can all continue to stay safe.

UOW has implemented QR codes across campus to assist with contact tracing.

It is a condition of your stay that you adhere to the COVID-19 physical distancing and gathering guidelines, protocols and hygiene practices in place at the time of stay, based on the current NSW Department of Health guidelines. Signage and information indicating maximum numbers for indoor and outdoor spaces and communal areas, physical distancing spacing, and instructions for sanitiser use and locations will be displayed.

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.  Please contact Stewart Mailer on email or 02 4298 1441.