Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

Think it’s easy to find a job with a Humanities degree? Think again! This week we discuss some of the perils and pitfalls plaguing Humanities graduate students seeking stable employment opportunities. Though there has been a general increase in graduate student enrollment, cost of tuition fees and student loan debt there has not been an increase in available permanent jobs to accommodate the increasing numbers. More and more students and graduate are forced into contract-based jobs with little stability. We discuss these issues and the current (un)employment scene. What can be done to turn this situation around for the next crop of graduating students?

 

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In this last episode of the year, we thought it would be good to end with a discussion on the purpose of the University. With the increasing corporization of the university, one wonders what the purpose of post-secondary education today can be? Do universities exist solely to help people get a job, and what role should universities play in society? We also look into the recent controversies concerning political correctness on certain university campuses. Universities, we contend, are places where open discussion and debate about ideas should be found, where bad ideologies are to be thoroughly critiqued and where students acquire critical thinking skills. This is the only way students can be prepared to face the harsh realities of life; in a nutshell, the university is not a place for the fainthearted; it is not a "safe-space" to shelter one from controversial ideas and sensitive issues. 

Please note that our next episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast will air on January 18th, 2016. We would like to wish all our listeners a Happy Holiday Season and all the best for 2016.

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