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The meaning of Liberal Education of Humanities and its Mission

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2006, (37), pp.203-232
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities

SON, DONGHYUN 1

1성균관대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Education in its most original and general sense can be described as activities to elevate the growing in their natural state to a cultural state, whereby they become 'humane' being. Liberal education of humanities is therefore the core basis of the education in general. The eclipse of liberal education of humanities since modern times is partly due to the emphasis of the economic development. But moreover due to the sudies on humanities which, being detached from liberal education, went the way of 'science' Today, the liberal education of humanities, which ultimately aims at the recovery of humanity, must be intensified all the more. For it enhances the ability of critical, creative and comprehensive thinking, ability of communication, and above all insight into the world and human life, which are much more needed than ever in this era of information society. In order to intensify the liberal education of humanities in the university, we have to reconstruct the curriculum holding to the following guiding principles and execute some measures appropriate to them: first, only the fields of humanities must participate to this education; second, the faculty have to make effort to "pour" the product of their inquiry "into" the liberal education of "all" the students, whatever their major may be. These principles must be executed through some measures, like "double listing" of courses in the curricula of the major and general study, founding the 'faculty' or faculty/university college.

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