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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.
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.
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
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387