Wednesday, November 16, 2022


Classics Curriculum

Eleanor Harding, "Universities are ordered to go woke: Courses from computing to classics are told to 'decolonise' by degrees watchdog and teach about impact of colonialism and 'white supremacy'," Daily Mail (November 16, 2022):
New QAA [Quality Assurance Agency] advice for courses to 'go woke'

+ Classic and ancient history

Courses 'must now engage with and explain' the connections between the subject and 'imperialism, colonialism, white supremacy and class division'.

Students should study the work of 'people from oppressed and marginalised groups'.

Teaching should include topics such as 'post-colonial and decolonising approaches' and perspective of groups 'dominated by Empire'.

Modules should also be included on disability, gender and sexuality, bringing out racial, ethnic and other diversities in ancient material.


+ Computing

Courses should acknowledge and address 'how divisions and hierarchies of colonial value are replicated and reinforced within the computing subject'.
I have degrees in both computing and classics, but I don't think I could get a degree in any subject today. I wouldn't even make it through freshman orientation.

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