Selling the liberal arts degree in England: unique students, generic skills and mass higher education

Telling, Kathryn (2018) Selling the liberal arts degree in England: unique students, generic skills and mass higher education. Sociology. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

This article examines a series of well-documented changes in post-war English higher education: the massification of, and increased differentiation within, the system, as well as changing relationships between credentials, skills and incomes. It offers an account of the new liberal arts degrees rapidly emerging at both elite and non-elite universities in England, explaining these as a response to, and negotiation of, an ever-changing higher-education landscape. Through an analysis of the promotional websites of the 17 English liberal arts degrees offered in the 2016-17 academic year, the article links their emergence to broader trends, while insisting that there are crucial differences in the ways in which elite and non-elite universities use new degrees to negotiate the higher education landscape.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: credentialism, elitism, graduate labour market, graduate skills, higher education, liberal arts, massification, ‘soft’ skills
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Depositing User: Kathryn Telling
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2018 17:22
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:13
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73056

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