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Martin A. Mills. Increase inter-disciplinarity of Aberdeen degree. Present distinctive set of New Aberdeen Courses. Reduce staff and student insularity.

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1 Martin A. Mills

2 Increase inter-disciplinarity of Aberdeen degree. Present distinctive set of New Aberdeen Courses. Reduce staff and student insularity. Improve student retention.

3 MARKET MODELFLAGSHIP MODEL Courses are proposed by individual staff. Standard ASC quality control. No limit to number of courses. Modular. CONSIDERATIONS Greater freedom of choice. Little/no control of student flow or class sizes. What is distinctive about this? Where is the guarantee of intellectual coherence or progression? Courses are proposed at University/College/School level as representative. Team built with ASC oversight and Uni/College /School control. Limited number of primary courses. CONSIDERATIONS Lesser freedom of choice. Greater control of student flows/class sizes. Distinctive format. Clearer intellectual ethos. Intellectual coherence and progression to some extent guaranteed.

4 How to: 1. Introduce interdisciplinary courses, while; 2. Giving students a sense of choice, AND; 3. At the same time recognising the choices they have already made.

5 New Aberdeen Courses provided at three levels: Level One: University-wide flagship courses; Level Two: College-wide flagship courses; Level Three: School-wide flagship courses; Level Four: Disciplinary courses.

6 Level One (University-wide courses): Approaches to Knowledge Learning and Memory The Ethics of Engagement Level Two (College-wide courses): (CASS) The Art of Persuasion; Symbol, Meaning & Thought (CLSM): The Ethics of Scientific Research & Practice (CPS): The Structure of Scientific Theory Level Three (School-wide courses): (Div., Hist. & Phil.): Genealogies of Religion & Thought (Social & Pol. Sciences): Paradigms in Social & Political Thought

7 Level 1 University courses Level 2 College courses Level 3 School courses Level 4 Discipline courses University Arts & Soc. Sci. Div, Hist. & Phil. None University Arts & Soc. Sci. Div, Hist. & Phil. None Example: CASS (Div, Hist, Phil) student First Half- session Second Half- session

8 Level 1 (University) Level 2 (College) Level 3 (School) Level 4 (Discipline) A UniversityArts & Soc. Sci Div, Hist. & Phil. None B University Physical Sciences Soc. & Pol. Sciences None Example: CASS (Div, Hist, Phil) student First Half- session Second Half- session


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