The paper examines the changes to university education in the light of globalization and neo-liberal reforms in New Zealand. It highlights some of the contradictions and paradoxes inherent in the concepts of ‘liberalism’ and ‘globalization’, discusses traditional notions of the liberal arts, and liberal education, and how these have been adjusted under the impetus of a neo-liberal economic environment. The paper is illustrated by the use of case studies of programmes in both business and the arts in an antipodean university whose mission is grounded in professional and vocational education. The paper poses questions related to the way in which a neo-liberal environment promotes the liberal arts only to the extent that they are commercially viable. It also questions the notion of ‘liberating’ students to work within a neo-liberal business environment.
|Keywords:||Liberal, Globalisation, University, Business, Arts, Commercialisation|
Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
School of Social Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
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