Graduate Diploma in the Liberal Arts - 'The Examined Life'
Socrates argued that the unexamined life is not worth living...
Humans are rational creatures; we were created to reason about what, how and why things are. The ability to reason well is a crucial skill in any realm, but especially for education, faith, relationships and work. Socrates argued that the unexamined life is not worth living. The Millis Institute seeks to help university graduates and professionals in Australia pursue the examined life in their institutions, organisations, communities and careers.
Toward this end, the Graduate Certificate in the Liberal Arts and Graduate Diploma in the Liberal Arts engage students in subjects like logic, history, literature and philosophy. Such disciplines not only help students to explore different aspects and orders of Creation, but they train certain modes of reasoning and knowing.
Knowing goes far beyond merely possessing information. From a Christian worldview perspective, it is a more relational, holistic venture, involving different human dimensions and capacities. The liberal arts provide training in knowing mathematically, historically, scientifically, poetically, propositionally, philosophically and theologically. The ability to see the world from these various angles – that is, to deepen lateral thinking and integrate modes of reasoning – would benefit professionals in many fields. Acquiring these skills would be especially attractive to teachers desiring to expand and deepen ways of knowing in their classrooms.
Moreover, these postgraduate courses in the liberal arts help address a desire among Christian professionals for deeper knowledge and skills in writing, speaking, and engaging today’s culture, as well as relating a biblical worldview to their work.