Ancient Greek and Latin have been taught at the University of Melbourne since its very foundation, and have been a core element of higher education for many centuries. The overall objective of the Classics program is to introduce students to key literary texts from classical antiquity (including history, drama, oratory, philosophy, epic, and lyric poetry), and to enable students to discover the many important contributions which reading ancient texts in the original languages can make to understanding both the ancient world and the Western tradition. A knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin is also very useful for research and training in such related disciplines as biochemistry, medicine, the history and philosophy of science, archaeology, Biblical studies, history, philosophy, art history, Romance language studies, English literary studies, and music.
The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) program is an advanced level of study designed to allow students to specialise their knowledge across one area of study. Students accepted into the program undertake fourth-year level subjects and a research thesis. The opportunity to specialise provides a strong foundation for the future direction of graduates, whether as a means of progressing to higher degree research in Arts at the Masters or PhD level, or improving the scope of employment options and professional advancement.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) in this area of specialisation should:
- gain advanced knowledge of the literature and culture of ancient Greece and Rome through texts in the original ancient languages;
- acquire advanced skills and methodologies for the analysis of ancient cultures, and the linguistic analysis of Ancient Greek and Latin languages;
- understand modern critical frameworks for the study of Classics; and
- develop and sustain an argument based on research.