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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

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

Jonathan Z. Smith

Christopher I. Lehrich

Oxford University Press

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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