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On Teaching ReligionEssays by Jonathan Z. Smith$
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Christopher I. Lehrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199944293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.001.0001

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Re-forming the Undergraduate Curriculum

Re-forming the Undergraduate Curriculum

A Retrospective

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(p.93) 9 Re-forming the Undergraduate Curriculum
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On Teaching Religion
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Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199944293.003.0010

This chapter presents Jonathan Z. Smith's account of the development of undergraduate education. He says that “coherence and organization will not emerge from merely rearranging already existing courses by a process that resembles Lévi-Strauss's bricolage; it will only be achieved by courses specifically designed to fulfill widely agreed upon educational purposes.” He also identifies a shift from a language of topics and subjects to a language of skills and capacities. He believes that this is a forecast of the future shape of curricular discussions and marks a return to the classical and medieval understandings of the liberal arts as, preeminently, ways of doing.

Keywords:   Jonathan Z. Smith, undergraduate education, history, undergraduate curriculum, liberal arts

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