School of Liberal Arts

The School of Liberal Arts was founded in 2019. It offers an original and distinctive liberal arts program – one that is historically rich yet forward-looking in focusing firmly on contemporary concerns and questions. In creating opportunities for respectful conversations between Western and non-Western traditions of thought and art, it answers to the needs of a multi-cultural 21st century.

Our Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation will expose you to ideas that have been inspiring people since their inception — in Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Modern Era. You will have the unique opportunity to directly engage with a carefully curated selection of some of the most influential works in the Western tradition of thought and art. 

Spanning the centuries, you will encounter the art and ideas bequeathed to us by figures such as Aristotle, Augustine and Austen; Chaucer and Cervantes; Dante and Dostoyevsky; Cicero, Shelley and Shakespeare; de Beauvoir and Du Bois; Erasmus and Emerson; Wollstonecraft and Wittgenstein. You will wrestle with classics such as The Odyssey; The Republic; The Bible; On the Origin of Species; Das Kapital, and the founding works that inspired modern Western democracies.

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Bernardo Ainbinder with Liberal Arts students in SOLA breakout room UOW Ramsay Scholarship
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When I discovered the Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation, I was struck with its originality. The learning experience is highly enjoyable, unique and engaging. The small cohort and class sizes fosters a strong sense of community both within and beyond the classroom. During class, the emphasis on discussion enables me to engage with my peers in a way that enriches my understanding of the content, raises important questions and engenders my own development as a student. Jasmin BACHELOR OF ARTS IN WESTERN CIVILISATION

Teaching Spotlight

I chose to study the double degree of Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation/Bachelor of Laws as I felt it was the perfect combination of my ambition and passion in life. My interactions with my peers and teachers have taught me that there is more to every belief, opinion, fact and narrative which I and others hold. My outlook on the world has shifted and this degree can give me the experience I need to effectively make change in the world. Sadhir Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation/Bachelor of Laws

Study a Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation

Our flagship Liberal Arts degree includes a bespoke curriculum for high achieving and intellectually curious students that corresponds directly with the changing nature of life in the 21st Century.

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School of Liberal Arts Highlights Reports

The primary mission of the School of Liberal Arts (SOLA) is to provide its high achieving students – our future thought leaders – with an unprecedented opportunity to participate in Western civilisation’s on-going, great conversation.

2021 Highlights Report (PDF, 2.1MB) 2020 Highlights Report (PDF, 2MB)
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