Downsizing the humanities is a recipe for increasing alienation

The author cites University of Cape Town sociologist David Cooper who argued that 'The university has become a key component of what is called the “knowledge economy”. In this newspaper article, the author briefly addresses the knowledge economy, the emphasis placed on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) disciplines as opposed to the liberal arts and human sciences, and the question of the missing “fourth helix”, comprising the socioeconomic and cultural dimensions of academic transformation. [05 May 2014]

Institution: 
Mail & Guardian Online
Type: Newspaper and Opinion pieces
Author: Alexander, N
Year of Publishing: 2014
Keywords: Higher education, Education, Knowledge economy, Liberal arts, Academic transformation, Consensus Study of the State of the Humanities in South Africa: Status, Prospects and Strategies (August 2011), “language of ­globalisation”