I am shocked, appalled and horrified all at the same time . Why the fuck is Auckland University gutting its arts courses by 50% in favor of bloody tourism? Arts students attempting to enroll yesterday were confronted with over half their courses being dumped.
Is this the educated future leaders of NZ? Dumbed down cogs in a never ending machine of banality and authority servitude that are not taught to question the structures they work for?
Course after course are being butchered at Auckland University and crucified as National’s pressure to cull education critiquing the economic hegemonic structure that benefits National’s ideological blindness becomes reality. History, sociology, politics – anything critical of National’s hard right agenda is being culled.
This has all the ethical charm of book burning.
You can’t study neoliberalism in sociology but you can study the sociology of tourism??? WTF National?
UPDATE: This from the University of Auckland
“The Faculty of Arts is committed to offering a comprehensive curriculum in the humanities, social sciences and languages. However, that does not mean that every course can, or should be, taught in every academic year. In order to achieve our academic goals and meet student needs, it is normal for most subjects to have a portfolio of courses of which only some will be offered in any one academic year. Course availability is governed by several factors, including the interests of particular cohorts of students, staff research needs, the overall academic needs of a subject and Faculty and University administrative needs. Course availability therefore needs to operate on a three-to-four year cycle. The courses we offer in a given year also need to include courses for visiting staff, new staff and ‘trial’ courses. It is normal, and academically robust, to have around 50% of the total courses in some subjects not being offered in any one year. The level of courses available for 2014 follows the same pattern as in previous years.”