The University of Queensland humanities and social sciences board of studies meets today to discuss a Ramsay western civ degree, 250 of their colleagues say they should reject it
HASS staff and colleagues in the law school (which would also teach a proposed Ramsay course) repeat previous points against the conservative funded sponsoring UoQ courses. In particular, they argue;
* for all the assurances of academic freedom, there is an inevitable “implied threat” that funding will cease “if the political and ideological aims” of the Ramsay Board are not met
* “the programme is implicitly hostile to contemporary currents in the humanities and social sciences which aim to decolonise the university”
* the “great books” approach, “detached from any grounding in contemporary humanities scholarship is not an appropriate fit for a modern research university”
Last week a (very) learned reader reviewed a draft of the proposed University of Queensland Ramsay courses, and the University of Wollongong degree here.