Undergraduate Study

OLEO1629/OLET1630: Symmetry

The principle of symmetry appears in architecture, in the arts, in nature. It is often understood as harmony of proportions. But what is the philosophical or mathematical significance of the idea of symmetry? This unit will help you clarify this significance by developing the geometric concept of symmetry and by conveying the sensibility to recognise and categorise symmetries in different contexts. By looking at the richness, diversity, connectedness, depth and pleasure of the systematic study of symmetry, the unit emphasises the process of thinking, comparing, analysing, understanding and inventing.

General Information

OLEO1629 is an online zero credit point unit available to all enrolled students of the University of Sydney.

OLET1630 is a two credit point unit available within certain courses, including Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Economics. (Prospective students should check the regulations relevant to their course.)

You may also view the description of OLET1630 in the University's course search database.

Students: if you decide to email us please include your name and SID.

To enrol in this unit of study, visit the Canvas OLE site.


Students enrolled in OLET1630 need to attend on-line workshops during the intensive period.

Online Resources

Online material for this unit will be available from its page on Canvas.