The idea a generalist degree just leads to over-qualified graduates serving coffee Reality Bites-style is not only wrong, it is a misguided understanding of what we need from graduates.
Learning to transform, not only criticize, circumstances is an important part of humanities education.
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To address declining humanities enrolments, these programs should ensure they offer more than critical theory for identifying and analyzing problems.
Wiliam Wordsworth lived and wrote in Grasmere, in England’s Lake District, from 1799-1808.
The idea that human activity threatens nature, and that it is important to protect wild places, dates back to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.
Involving social sector organizations in students’ experiential learning allows students to develop important skills, and this can also serve as a community engagement and capacity-building strategy.
Internships and work-integrated learning for social sciences and humanities students can be part of how post-secondary institutions increase their capacities to contribute to social innovation.
LinkedIn called creativity ‘the most important skill in the world’ – it should be central to Labor’s jobs summit.
The Librarian - Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1562).
The humanities are labouring under a culture of managerialism – could the answer lie in reconnecting old traditions to post-1960s progressivism?
Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe demonstrate against the war in Ukraine, Monday, March 14, 2022 in Strasbourg, eastern France.
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As we observe with the war in Ukraine, humanities skills are crucial for understanding 21st-century problems.
Big data analysis has unveiled startling links between seemingly unrelated things, such as how a person’s physical elevation above sea level might influence their personality.
An entrepreneurial mindset can help arts and humanities majors succeed in the gig economy.
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Teaching entrepreneurial skills is a staple in business schools. But it can benefit all students – including majors in engineering, agriculture and even the arts.
Temple of Edfu temple, Egypt.
History isn’t just learning facts. Students learn about the past by researching information and synthesising it to form an evidence-based argument. This skill is useful for a range of careers.
Drama classes can allow management students to work on their people skills.
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Instead of focusing solely on what managers do, management and business education needs to provide students with people skills. Here’s how the arts can help.
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Government plans to defund arts higher education are detrimental to both the UK’s economy and its future.
‘Ako: A Tale of Loyalty’ takes players inside a young samurai’s world in 18th-century Japan.
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A history professor describes how student-designed video games have transformed his classroom and provided a substitute for academic essays.
South Africans wait in a queue for free food. Understanding the social impact has been key to managing the pandemic.
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The lead role of public health researchers continues to be important. But there is growing acknowledgement that social scientists have to be present from the very beginning.
Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas (centre) attends her pōwhiri (welcome) in 2017.
A veterinary scientist by training, Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas has turned to the humanities to learn more about Māori. Here she explains why.
Doctoral programs often prepare graduates to become professors, but those jobs are scarce today.
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Graduate programs can be rich in scholarship and still prepare students for real-world careers.
A molecular biologist at the University Clinical Research Center in Mali works in a COVID-19 testing lab.
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Is it time for some scientists to turn back to pre-COVID-19 research?
Now that Dan Tehan has steered the package through the parliament, the government and higher education sector will have to live with the consequences.
Three key policy errors in the legislation mean the Morrison government is unlikely to achieve the stated goals of its package.
Australia’s move to increase fees for some university humanities courses reflects global trends towards market-friendly education that overlook what’s needed for human flourishing. Here, the University of Sydney.
Today’s urgent inequality and environmental crises mean that more, not fewer, students should be studying history.
Demand is high for teachers with expertise in STEM subjects like maths. But students also deserve expert English, history, civics or geography teachers. Maybe your favourite teacher did an arts degree.