Education in Society: Universities as Agents of Change, Ivory Towers, or Knowledge Factories|
Fall 2012 not offered
Universities are among the greatest yet among the most contested human achievements. From their founding to the present, they have raised questions about the role of free speech, the relationship of science to religion, and the role of universities in the application of new knowledge to law, government policies, medical practices, and military uses, to name just a few. Through discussions of readings, presentations by members of the university community, and other sources, this seminar will explore the multiple and changing roles that universities play in society, how they are structured, the ways they reflect and alter the cultures around them, and the reasons why they often become the battlegrounds for new ideas about the purposes of education, the uses of knowledge, and the future directions of society.
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John Baldwin, THE SCHOLASTIC CULTURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES, 1000-1300
Michael McPherson and Morton Schapiro, eds., COLLEGE ACCESS: OPPORTUNITY OR PRIVILEGE?
William G. Bowen and Derek Bok, THE SHAPE OF THE RIVER: LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES OF CONSIDERING RACE IN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS
Lawrence W. Levine, THE OPENING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
James Shulman and William Bowen, THE GAME OF LIFE: COLLEGE SPORTS AND EDUCATIONAL VALUES
Derek Bok, UNIVERSITIES IN THE MARKETPLACE: THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Students will also read excerpts from the works of Thorstein Veblen, Alfred North Whitehead, M. Carey Thomas, and others.
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Several short papers and a 7-9 page paper. Several oral presentations in class. Active participation in all class discussions based on weekly readings.
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