The Academic Contract : From Simply a metaphor to Technology

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Title The Academic Contract : From Simply a metaphor to Technology
Author Friberg, Torbjörn ; Ankarloo, Daniel
Editor Rider, Sharon ; Hasselberg, Ylva ; Waluszewski, Alexandra
Date 2013
English abstract
The purpose of this chapter is to shed light on the ontological assumptions that underlie the idea of a contract in Academic Capitalism. Far from being “simply a metaphor”, there are now concrete examples of real contracts in Swedish universities, which we here designate “academic contracts”. In investigating the perceived function of academic contracts, we will try to answer this fundamental question: For which problem, in what conception, is signing a contract between a student and an academic teacher a solution? By analysing four existing academic contracts from Swedish universities through the lens of a very influential economic theory of the nature and function of contracts, New Institutional Economics (NIE), we will argue that the implementation of academic contracts is totally at odds with the Humboldtian tradition and the classic university. Our contention is that the introduction of academic contracts does not facilitate, but rather undermines, the academic teaching and learning process.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5249-8_13 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue Transformations in Research, Higher Education and the Academic Market
Series/Issue Higher Education Dynamics;39
ISSN 1571-0378
ISBN 978-94-007-5248-1
978-94-007-5249-8
Pages 287-300
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22332 Permalink to this page
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