College of Arts and Sciences | The Modern University
E103 | 11039 | Capshew
1:25PM - 2:15PM MW
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This course provides an introduction to changing ideas behind the
university and to its rich cultural traditions. Although education
and learning has remained its central purpose, the university has
played distinctively varied intellectual, social, and cultural roles
in different times and places in the Western world. The course
explores the making of the modern university, with a focus on
American developments, using a comparative and historical approach.
It views the university as a human institution and cultural artifact
open to explanation and interpretation. A main point of comparison
is our own academic home, Indiana University, as a microcosm of the
dynamic forces that have shaped the American research university.