Winchester restates first principles with ‘generalist’ liberal arts degree

“The University of Winchester is to launch a degree in the ‘liberal arts’, in what it describes as a ‘brave restatement’ of the core purpose of higher education. Although full details have yet to be revealed, the ‘generalist’ course will bring together elements from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and fine arts. The university said it wanted to offer students an alternative to the national norm of specialist, discipline-specific degrees – in what will be a first in England. Nigel Tubbs, professor of philosophical and educational thought at Winchester, is developing the course. He said: ‘In the UK, there are only a handful of undergraduate programmes that claim to offer anything like a liberal education. When students apply to university today, they know they must choose a discipline, but I don’t believe that is what every student wants’ …” (more)

[Rebecca Attwood, THE, 12 February]

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