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Liberal Education and the Modern University

Informacje ogólne

Kod przedmiotu: 4018-KON114-CLASS Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 08.0 / (0220) Nauki humanistyczne
Nazwa przedmiotu: Liberal Education and the Modern University
Jednostka: Wydział "Artes Liberales"
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Rodzaj przedmiotu:


Założenia (opisowo):

The course is for students on second-cycle Master's degree programme, on "Language, communication and ideas" speciality

Skrócony opis:

This course is focused on questions about liberal education in the modern university. Through the close study of key texts from the past 200 years, students have the opportunity to understand some of the competing ideals that shape higher education today.

Pełny opis:

Should the university be devoted to liberal education? It is common to define liberal education negatively as an education which is not only vocational, but how can we describe it positively: if education may be more than an instrument for making a living, then what exactly are we thinking or hoping it could be? And how are these hopes and beliefs translated into concrete form and content in institutions of higher education?

These questions provide the starting point and the anchor for our course. In seminars we will study and discuss possible answers in writings on liberal education and the university from the late 18th century until today. We will concentrate on educational ideals that are influential in Europe and the US now, i.e. inform current curricular choices and shape contemporary institutions.

The course will be interesting for students from any discipline who want to reflect on and discuss contemporary ideals of education in general and the purpose of higher education in particular.


Axer, Jerzy. 2011. From the humanist Respublica Litteraria to the Collegium Artes Liberales. In Wilczek & O'Connor 2011: 22-27.

Bergeron, Katherine. 2011. The Free Elective Curriculum. In Wilczek & O'Connor 2011: 175-182.

Brann, Eva. 2006. A College Unique and Universal. Annapolis: St. John's College.

Coleman, Elizabeth. 2007. The Bennington Curriculum: A New Liberal Arts. Speech Delivered at the Celebration of Bennington College's 75th Anniversary, October 6, 2007.

Corradi, Sofia. 2006. Erasmus Programme: The origin, preparatory years (1963 – 1986) and foundation of the European Union initiative for the exchange of university students, reported and documented by the scholar who first conceived of it. Rome: Network of European Active Citizens.

Eliot, Charles William. 1901. Educational Reform: Essays and Addresses. New York: The Century Co.

Kalkavage, Peter & Glen E. Thurow. 1999. Two Approaches to Constructing a Liberal Education: An AALE Scholars Debate. AALE Occasional Papers in Liberal Education.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. 2004. On the Future of Our Educational Institutions.

Nussbaum, Martha C. 1997. Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defence of Reform in Liberal Education. Cambridge, Massachusets: Harvard University Press.

Ortega y Gasset, José. 1992. Mission of the University. Translated by Howard Lee Nostrand. With an Introduction by Clark Kerr. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.

Schleiermacher, Friedrich. 1991. Occasional Thoughts on Universities in the German Sense: With an Appendix Regarding a University Soon to be Established. Translated by Terrence N. Tice & Edwina G. Lawler. San Francisci: EM Text.

Weber, Max. 1948. Essays in Sociology. Translated, Edited and with an Introduction by H.H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. New York: Routledge.

Weber, Max. 1919. Science as a Vocation. In Weber 1948: 129-156.

Wilczek, Piotr & Mark O'Connor. 2011. Eds. COLLEGIUM / COLLEGE / KOLEGIUM: College and the Academic Community in the European and the American tradition. Boston College/ Warsaw University.

Ziolkowski, Theodore. 2012. Romanticism and Its Institutions. Princeton University Press.

Ziolkowski, Theodore. 2004. Clio: The Romantic Muse. Cornell University Press.

Efekty kształcenia:

- analysing artistic, philosophical and sociological texts using the appropriate research tools, and presenting the results of such work

- understanding all significant relationships between cultural activities and changes in social life

- knowing various methods of interpreting literary and philosophical texts and textual historical sources

- In this course, students will acquaint themselves with some of the most prominent ideals and practices of liberal education in Europe and the US today.

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Assessment will be based on:

1) seminar participation

2) written work

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