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The University as a Critical Institution?

2017 - 248 pages

Rosemary Deem (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK) and Heather Eggins (Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, UK) (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789463511148 ($ 54.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463511155 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463511162

Subject: Higher Education

Number 10 of the series: Higher Education Research in the 21st Century Series

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The University as a Critical Institution?

Whether universities can survive as critical organisations in the current time is an open question which this volume seeks to address. The book examines particular aspects of three main themes: governance, critical regulation and regulated criticism; growth, equality, movement and instability in higher education systems; and teaching and learning. Topics range from ‘University Futures’ to an examination of governance by procedure and the loss of the social process of the university; a discussion of the meaning of academic freedom; and approaches to managerialism. Quality management is discussed, along with the question of whether European Liberal Education actually exists. Various aspects of the theme of teaching and learning are examined, from student participation in out-of-class activities, to the role of Centres of Excellence, and a consideration of widening participation. The book is international in its reach, and addresses the continuing dilemmas faced in higher education systems, within Europe and beyond.


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