Today’s question in writing class was:
Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology. Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
- Introduction (state your position)
To a certain extent, both views are valid. Students should be given the freedom to study what they would like to so that they are motivated to complete their degree. This would lead to more success and a more enjoyable experience. On the other hand, allowing a student to choose a degree independently of the demands of the job market, may lead to negative outcomes in the future. Concerning the question, however, useful is also a subjective term – who would be tasked to decide how useful a subject is? Would the government decide at the taxpayer’s expense and according to the demands of the ever-changing job market?
Using examples of the benefits of motivation and the benefits of restriction, this essay will explore both views before concluding that university students should study what they like.
2. Main positions (3 points)
The main advantage of allowing the students’ choice, is that they are likely to be more motivated. For example, they are likely to work harder if they enjoy the subject they are learning about. Another benefit or advantage would be that they are likely to be more successful and complete their studies at university justifying the high fees being asked of them. Job satisfaction is one of the main goals of people when deciding on their future employment.
On the other hand, mandating that students study subjects that will lead to employment after university, would lead to future benefits. Allowing independently of the needs of the job market could lead to higher unemployment or underemployment rates.
In conclusion, there are certainly good reasons for why students should be mandated to study subjects that are “useful” to society. Never-the-less, remember that universities were originally established in order to give people a wider world view and a better understanding of culture, music, art, literature and philosophy. As such, it would give more credence to the view that university students should study whatever they like in order to the of a university.
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