The Humanities Bachelor Programme at Roskilde University: Balancing problem orientation and core curriculum

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The bachelor programme in the Humanities at Roskilde University is a reform-orientated, liberal arts style programme aiming to empower students aspiring to academic, rhetorical, and cultural citizenship. The programme’s educational goals are focused on problem-orientated project learning (PPL) in which groups of students are encouraged to do project work based on exemplary problems articulated by the students themselves. At the outset students work in interdisciplinary environments with faculty staff members that represent a broad variety of disciplines within communication and arts, and during the programme they gradually specialise into more specific subjects within the humanities.
At first glance the Humanities programme displays progressive features in that it primarily aims at diversity and inclusion, both in terms of student profile, but also in the conception of what constitutes the field of the humanities academically. However, for a range of historical and pragmatic reasons, other aspects of the programme seem to embrace a form of general education in which a core curriculum is proposed, or at least presupposed: to supplement the students’ project work a group of basic courses are offered that aim to demarcate the very field of the humanities, as an interdisciplinary, yet academically pre-given field of study, in effect promoting unity and uniformity at the possible expense of cultural diversity.
The aim of this presentation is to discuss and explore dilemmas arising from those dual features of the programme.
StatusUdgivet - 2023
Begivenhed6th Critical Edge Alliance Conference : Values in and for universities: The notion of diversity, equity & inclusion - Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Marokko
Varighed: 5 jul. 20237 jul. 2023
Konferencens nummer: 6


Konference6th Critical Edge Alliance Conference
LokationAl Akhawayn University
AndetUniversities are strong actors to trigger and catalyze change through their role to understand the world and spreading knowledge. Their dual role to educate people and conduct innovative research are powerful tools for positive and critical political, societal, and cultural change. Through this work, universities not only feed decision-makers with evidence-based data and facts but also provide them with concepts based on specific world views, while preparing future generations of citizen-leaders. Thus, universities’ underlying (and sometimes under-examined and often contested) values are crucial because they reinforce and impact current and future debates and decisions with wide-ranging consequences.<br/> <br/><br/>The CEA Annual Conference 2023 emerges from a value statement that universities are institutions where equity, sustainability, and social justice must be upheld. These aspects relate directly to many universities’ efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and such values can be simultaneously a subject of research, teaching, or policy, with each university focusing on different aspects, depending on their history and culture.<br/> <br/><br/>The CEA Annual Conference 2023 will discuss the role and the implementation of values in and for universities through the critical lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and invites proposals broadly but not exclusively in the following areas:<br/> <br/><br/> Human rights and social justice through the fight against any discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, and other critical aspects of identity<br/><br/> Environmental justice through the fight against climate change and for sustainable development<br/><br/> Peace for and international solidarity with oppressed populations, refugees, asylum seekers, and other marginalized groups.<br/>

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