Site Columns By Caillan
September 20, 2002 - 9:50 AM

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Southern Cross University will launch the first Australian-developed surfing course next year, according to The Australian. The university will introduce a "one-year diploma of sport management (surfing studies) and a two-year associate degree of sport management (surfing studies)" with plans to expand to a full three-year degree course.

It's yet more evidence of the declining state of the university system when money is being chanelled into this and other "vocational courses" instead of more traditional areas of learning such as English, History - and yes, Classics - which are given the shaft because they don't immediately qualify you for a job.

The old jokes about "basket-weaving courses" are no longer funny when we have courses such as this which get funding, simply because they have immediate practical applications. I've always believed that universities should be centres of learning, not large job training centres which churn out square-peg graduates so they can slot right into the box. The contempt held TPTB for more traditional courses is evidenced by their continual cost-cutting and trimming of courses (see the excellent documentary 'Facing the Music' for a real-life depiction of this).

To quote from the old UQ Classics page: "An executive from a world-leading computer firm has said: We want first class thinkers so thay can be trained and retrained in this age of fast technological growth. We would prefer a first class honours in Classical Greek than an average computer science degree."

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