UNI198H1: Why Go to University? The Changing Role and Purpose of Higher Education


Is higher education about job preparation or about giving students an opportunity to learn about themselves and the world around them? Can higher education in Canada achieve both these aims? This course engages with the spirited conversations and scholarly debates about the ideals of a liberal arts education and how these connect with ancient and contemporary arguments about citizenship. We explore the impact on higher education of globalization and what some call the “corporatization” of universities. Students will be encouraged to think, read, research and write about various models of higher education and explore questions suggested by these debates. Restricted to newly admitted first-year students. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Distribution Requirements: 
Social Science
Breadth Requirements: 
Society and its Institutions (3)