Election blog: Less popular subjects should be given more priority

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Having a diversified subject offering at RUC is important to the Student Council. Natali Rhode of HumTech and Morten Levinsky of NatSci, both Student Council candidates running for the Academic Council, believe it is important keep the less popular subjects in focus.

Natali Rohde går på HumTek og stiller op til Akademisk Råd. Og så er hun, som den skarpe iagttager vil bemærke, i familie med Studenterrådets formand. Foto: Studenterrådet.

Natali Rohde is enrolled in HumTech and running for a seat on the Academic Council. The observant reader will also notice that she’s related to the Student Council chairman. Photo: Student Council.

It’s not unusual to have only ten people at a NatSci lecture. Setting up project groups is often a foregone conclusion because there are only the same five people to choose from. It can present a certain academic challenge to always have to work together with the same people. Also, it is a costly affair for the departments to run courses for only ten students. So, the obvious question is, why should RUC continue to offer and give a higher priority to the less popular subjects when the student target group is so small?

The answer is quite simple.

 

That’s why it is important that RUC continues not only to offer, but also to prioritise the less popular subjects so the high quality of RUC degrees is maintained.

A diversified offering of subjects and a range of different subjects to choose from will support interdisciplinarity at RUC, but it is also a prerequisite for our subject-combination structure. It’s no secret that RUC is known for its many different combined majors, and without the NatSci subjects, we would not be able to offer the many options that makes RUC so special among universities.
Maintaining this diversity is very important so students can plan their degrees and specialise in the particular area they are most passionate about. That’s why it is important that RUC continues not only to offer, but also to prioritise the less popular subjects so the high quality of RUC degrees is maintained. Obviously, that can be difficult with a class consisting of only ten students, but it is extremely important that RUC offers not only Communication or Social Science, but also English, HumTech and NatSci subjects.

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Don’t axe the less popular subjects

Morten Levinsky går på Nat og stiller også op til Akademisk Råd. Foto: Sudenterrådet.

Morten Levinsky is enrolled at NatSci and is also running for a seat on the Academic Council. Photo: Student Council.

HumTech is fairly new relative to other programmes at RUC, so people don’t know as much about what HumTech students learn as they do about the three “old” science subjects.

The Student Council believes it is important not to axe the less popular or new subjects or allow them to be incorporated into the larger programmes. Instead, they should continue to be a part of RUC’s future plans and combination options.

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This will become more difficult after the graduate programme reform is adopted, and that’s why it is important that we keep the less popular programmes in focus: it is vital that they not be forgotten. It is essential that the people representing us on the Academic Council know about the “microenvironments” existing in NatSci and HumTech, environments that form highly specialised academic disciplines that benefit all students.

Voting in the RUC elections closes on Wednesday, 29 October, at 12:00 noon. You can vote her.

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