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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleGradCertCivCer
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)0.5 years FT, 1 year PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Course coordinator

Judy McNicoll


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.


Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, students will have gained an understanding of the history and cultural variety of rites of passage as practised in the Australian community. They will have some knowledge of the elements of ceremony and have begun to develop some of the skills of a civil celebrant.


Students completing this course will have:

  • a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline
  • a familiarity with the world view of the field of study
  • a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study
  • a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study
  • advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • developed sound analytical skills
  • developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.


This course consists of a core unit and one elective unit.



  • CVL4010 Rites of passage: Culture and celebrating life cycle events (semester one only)


One of:

  • CVL4020 Life cycle events: Literature, music and life stories
  • CVL4030 Celebrant and client: Legal, ethical and personal issues

As each unit in this course has an assessment component in performance and presentation skills, all students must present a video tape or DVD of the activity to be assessed.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete the graduate certificate with a minimum credit average, may apply to transfer for course 2157 Graduate Diploma in Civil Ceremonies.


Graduate Certificate in Civil Ceremonies