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Notes applicable to Course Unit Lists

The notes below are for reference if you consult any of our on-line course unit lists.

If you want to download the Course Unit Lists (together with notes), see the Course Unit List download link below.

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  • Click here for index to course unit lists on-line.

The following notes are taken from the printed/download edition of our Course Unit List, 2011-12 edition:

Notes and Explanations

This is the first complete revision of the Calamus Course unit List in several years, and is the essential student’s guide to choosing suitable course units in consultation with the academic advisor.

The unique Calamus International University system, which has stood the test of time,  does not have a fixed syllabus for a typical degree course, since people enrol with varying backgrounds and varying levels of existing knowledge, academic credit and expertise in their subjects.

Changes for this edition

We have made the following improvements for this edition of the list:

  • Change from landscape to portrait format for easier handling and viewing on and off screen.

  • Larger font size that makes it easier to see and read.

  • Introduction of a “legacy” category indicating those units that need textbooks that are not currently in print, but are in most cases still easily available (this will be explained further below.)

  • We have withdrawn various units that are obsolete or that have had problems, for example where a textbook was found to be unsuitable or contained errors, or when the price of the latest edition of the book has increased enormously.

  • We have introduced various new units in all areas.

  • We have corrected various errors in the previous listings.

  • The new format will make it easier to update the list, to add more units and to co-ordinate it with the on-line lists of units.

Numbering and range of course units

The number range used for course units is not indicative of level, as many advanced students take certain topics new to them for the first time.  In line with our general improvements, we are considering a scheme which would alter the number appearing on the transcript according to the level of award, so that a course numbered 206 would be recorded on the transcript as 2206 at undergraduate level, 4206 at Master’s level and 6206 at doctoral level.  Please do not avoid units with low numbers when taking higher qualifications. If necessary ask us for advice.  At the moment, the old style of three-digit numbers mostly remains intact as far as this course unit list is concerned.

Sometimes you will notice various units that seem to cover overlapping ground. This allows students to study a more basic text before proceeding to a more advanced one, especially if he/she has no prior knowledge of the subject and needs to grasp the basic concepts. Also, overlapping units means that students have a better chance of taking a unit using a text they are familiar with, or that perhaps they own already.  A range of similar units gives students in countries where books are difficult to obtain a better chance of finding one that they can purchase. Finally, sometimes a student may find a unit too difficult despite strong interest in the topic, and in that case, wherever possible we will try to recommend a unit that is more comprehensible for the particular student.

Since our course unit repertoire has grown up over the 10 years we have been in operation, different units created at different times may appear in different subject lists even though they are related.  We therefore recommend that students look at all relevant lists when choosing courses, and not just the list for their core subject or major.  For example, Counselling Psychology students may find relevant topics under Personal Development or Transpersonal Psychology & Thanatology. Religious Studies students may find relevant units under Contemporary Spirituality and other areas. Students of Hypnotherapy and NLP may find relevant units under Regression or Transpersonal Psychology and even some NLP units under Management.

We will be looking at the relationship between units in future editions to see how the arrangement can be improved for ease of use.


Most units are textbook-based, and students will need to acquire at least the core textbook for each unit. (Some, very few, units need two core textbooks.)  Students normally buy their books on-line, and with major Internet bookstores and networks of on-line book dealers offering both new and used books, students in most countries will find it easy to obtain books and may save considerably by finding used or “as new” copies.  Electronic versions of many books are becoming available more easily. If you cannot order books on-line, we will advise you of the possibilities for your country. However, we do not operate our own bookstore and cannot supply all the books for your course ourselves.  We will do our best to help by sourcing a hard-to-get book, in which case we will quote for the book plus handling charge and shipping.

Legacy units

This edition sees the introduction of the “legacy” category shown in brackets against certain units.  Legacy units are those which are considered to be of continuing merit although the core textbook is not currently in print. Due to the vagaries of the publishing industry, there is no relationship between the merit of a book and how long it stays in print. Unfortunately, some excellent books go out of print very quickly.

The on-line book market usually makes books for “legacy” units still easy to obtain. Often plenty of “as new” copies are. Kindle (eBook reader) editions may make many titles reappear as the eBook format grows in popularity. New book printing technology in certain major bookstores offers print-on-demand copies of out of print books printed and bound while you wait. Eventually there will be Internet sales of such books and/or eBook editions.

We long for day when the world’s heritage of books will never be “out of print” – at least electronically. With technology continuing to advance, that is certainly possible. 

The “legacy” category based on UK availability. A book out of print in the UK may be in print in another country. If the book is republished, the “legacy” tag will be removed, and if a new edition of the book appears, wherever possible  the unit will be reinstated using the new edition.  Legacy units may be withdrawn when considered obsolete.

Our use of the term “legacy” stems from its use in IT to describe software published for a previous operating system.

Other important notes

All the units featured in this document are available by distance learning only. Tutor support is predominantly by e-mail. No attendance of any kind is required at any time.

We reserve the right to add, withdraw, suspend and amend units or alter their credit value at any time.

This course unit list may include some units based upon FREE downloadable e-books. These units, if any, are noted with an (e) after the unit number. Students must have internet access and download the books from external sites (not from the Calamus site). Calamus is not responsible for the maintenance of those sites nor for availability of text materials. We welcome suggestions for other suitable free e-books in all fields.

New units are constantly being added and we often provide extra units on specific request: these are then available for future students.

Some degree courses contain units only available to students on that particular degree (examples: Music, South African History, Contemporary Voice)

These lists do not feature all possible course unit numbers. Some transcripts will show different course unit numbers based on specially arranged courses of courses provided with assistance from local centres in different countries.

Finding descriptions of course units


A sample description of a typical course unit is to be found in the Prospectus (available as a download from and available for on-line viewing at the following web page:


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