Save the Arts at Curtin
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In a review of the Curtin Bachelor of Arts, the university is proposing a staggering list of unit and course cuts that will gut the humanities. This includes cutting 33 units across the board - from anthropology, Chinese, creative and professional writing, literary and cultural studies, history, theatre arts, visualisation and interactive media, and internet communications. The Chinese major is proposed to be removed and merged with Japanese, while the history major is to be scrapped and either merged with anthropology or offered only as a 4 unit minor.
This is a horrendous attack on the humanities at Curtin and comes in the wake of years of staff and course cuts. Just last year we saw 150 job losses and since 2010 history has gone from 40 units to 8 - and now is to be only 4! Arts students are sick and tired of our courses being undervalued and dispensable.
In the context of staff sackings and course cuts in universities across the country, this new line of attacks come as no surprise. For years the Liberal government has been cutting federal university funding and trying to push the costs onto students. Vice Chancellors are following suit with their own university restructures aimed at increasing their profit margins at the expense of education quality.
Curtin students have outrageously been shut out of the decision making process. In the absence of student consultation, we are putting ours forward here.
- No cuts to humanities units!
- No course cuts or mergers!
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