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Sydney Uni Sounds Death Knell For Prestige Educational Program

Australia’s two-year battle over its Western heritage may finally be entering its final phase. On Wednesday, the University of Sydney announced a revamped bid to join the Universities of Queensland and Wollongong in offering a Ramsay Centre degree, or major, or something in Western civilisation.

The Sydney offering would not be a degree, and it would not immerse students in Western civ. Instead, it would repackage existing offerings into a new arts-style major in the “Western tradition”. It would consist of two new first-year seminars focused on ”great books” plus a choice of five electives chosen from an a la carte menu.

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