Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Graduate Certificate
Number of units: 4 units to complete

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The Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics focuses on great books and great authors; their importance and critical standing. It offers a course for teachers and librarians wishing to upgrade their qualifications in literature as well as for keen readers in the general community.

Each unit covers a small number of complete classic works of literature. The works are studied intensively and in detail, giving primary attention to the language, structure and themes of the works themselves, but with some attention also being given to the traditions of critical interpretation surrounding them.

The course consists of four areas of study: Shakespeare’s plays, nineteenth century Russian fiction, classic American fiction and classic Australian novels. The four units are not designed to form a strongly cumulative sequence, and students will be able to start with any one unit and continue on through the remaining three units. There will, however, be some developing themes across the course, and students are encouraged to start at either HUM701 or HUM705 in order to take full advantage of these continuities.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics will be able to:

  • Appreciate and critically analyse complex literary works
  • Write clear and cogent literary criticism
  • Understand and think through complex ethical questions
  • Understand the relationship between literary works and the cultures in which they were produced

This course provides career development opportunities for established professionals such as English teachers and librarians. Graduates may find general career enhancement whatever their existing career.

Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent tertiary institution.

Applicants who have not completed an undergraduate degree but who demonstrate evidence of advanced reading ability and an existing knowledge base in relevant areas of history and literature will be considered.

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics students must complete four core units.

The maximum period for completing this program is 2 years.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Shakespeare's Plays
HUM701 GRF - Sess 2 -
Classic Russian Novels of 19th C
HUM702 GRF - Sess 2 -
Classic Australian Novels
HUM705 GRF Sess 1 - -
Classic American Fiction
HUM707 GRF Sess 1 - -

Applicants who have completed prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may apply for credit and are encouraged to contact the Course Convenor.

When you have completed your final session of study, OUA students should notify Griffith University of their intention to graduate with the award of Graduate Certificate in Literary Classics. Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services on

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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