Presentation on theme: "Martin A. Mills. Increase inter-disciplinarity of Aberdeen degree. Present distinctive set of New Aberdeen Courses. Reduce staff and student insularity."— Presentation transcript:
Martin A. Mills
Increase inter-disciplinarity of Aberdeen degree. Present distinctive set of New Aberdeen Courses. Reduce staff and student insularity. Improve student retention.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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