terça-feira, março 13, 2007

E como eles espirram e o resto do mundo tenta apanhar uma constipação...

Harvard, the richest, oldest, and arguably most influential university in America, is on the verge of overhauling its curriculum for the first time in three decades - and in doing so, helping redefine what it means to be aneducated person in the 21st century.

Under the new curriculum, each student would be required to take one course in each of eight categories. These include: science of living systems; science of the physical universe; societies of the world, which would cover ethnic identity, statehood and government; empirical reasoning, which would include courses on evaluating data; and ethical reasoning, which would cover philosophy, political theory and religion.

The three other areas are: aesthetic and interpretive understanding, which focuses on cultural expression, such as literature, art and music; culture and belief, which would place those works in context; and the US in the world, which is meant to give students a "nuanced understanding of American society". The report also promotes an initiative in "activity-based learning" that would link academic work with students' Harvard-sponsored extra-curricular activities, such as writing for the student newspaper or performing in a dance troupe, as well as pursuits outside the university, such as volunteering for a politicalcamp-aign or taking a placement as an intern at acompany.

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