In an email sent to University of Sydney (USyd) staff today, Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence announced that the University is seeking funding from the Ramsay Centre for a new home for the Western Tradition course.
The announcement follows months of silence on this front, with a spokeswoman for the centre telling Honi that negotiations were “ongoing” back in March this year.
A new major in “Western Tradition” would be offered as part of the current Bachelor of Advanced Studies, Spence proposed.
The major will have two core units: ‘Introduction to the Western Tradition I’ and ‘Introduction to Western Tradition II.’ Both will follow a ‘great books’ methodological approach.
Students will undertake an Industry and Community Project Unit (ICPU) alongside five electives across multiple faculties, including Arts, Science, Architecture, Design and Planning and the Conservatorium of Music.
“Over the life of the funding agreement, we believe that around 1100 students could benefit,” said Spence. Most funding will go towards scholarships, bursaries and overseas exchange opportunities.
The Ramsay Centre has been a site of contest amongst student politicians, having attracted significant opposition at USyd and other university campuses around Australia. At the SRC Presidential Debate hosted this afternoon by Honi Soit, Boost candidate Josie Jakovac (Liberal) appeared to support the Ramsay Centre’s involvement with the university.
On each candiates’ stance on the Ramsay Centre: Josie wants “our campuses balanced in the discourse.” She also claims that “women’s rights movements have started in the West.”
— Honi Soit (@honi_soit) September 18, 2019
More to come.