English | Topic: THE NATURE OF EDUCATION
W170 | 1951 | Andrew Libby


Topic:  THE NATURE OF EDUCATION

This course will examine the nature of education from a number of
different perspectives.  We will think about what it means to be
educated, what relationship there is between education and ethics, and
whether a liberal arts education is, or is not, a pressing need in
contemporary American society.  Of particular interest in our
discussions will be whether education is a means to professional or
financial ends or whether education is an end unto itself.  We will
also be discussing the type of books, especially literary texts,
popular in University courses today.  What authors are included in
English classes?  What authors are excluded?  What accounts for the
popularity of some authors and the unpopularity of others and what do
these choices say about contemporary American society?  To begin
answering these questions, we will be reading a number of different
historical texts by a wide range of authors including Plato, Immanuel
Kant, Mary Wollstonecraft, Cardinal Newman, and Matthew Arnold as well
as a number of more recent essays and articles.  There will be two
short papers and three longer papers required for this class.