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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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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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The spirit of Western civilisation is the spirit of inquiry ... Nothing is to remain undiscussed. Everybody is to speak [their] mind. No proposition is to be left unexamined. Robert M. HutchinsThe Tradition of the West