demonstrate how useful studying the Arts and Humanities andthe benefits it brings when experiencing other cultures.
It is important to address not only why a subject is usefulfor an individual but also society as a whole. The Arts and Humanities helpfoster social justice and the ideals of equality in the students studying thesubject. Greater understanding of social justice is useful for society as itdevelops responsible citizens. Currently the world is experiencing a growth innationalism, seen through the rise of Donald Trump in the USA and Brexit. Responsiblecitizens who contribute to society are more important than ever, students who studythe Arts and Humanities are less susceptible to nationalism and extremistviews. 1’Theability to assess historical evidence, to use and think critically abouteconomic principles, to assess accounts of social justice, to speak a foreignlanguage, to appreciate the complexities of the major world religions.
‘ Anunderstanding of global issues and compassion for others is woven into thefabric of the Arts and Humanities which is extremely useful for the bettermentof society. It would be dishonest however not to acknowledge the limitationsof studying the Arts and Humanities. Modern trends suggest that students thatSTEM subject’s employment rates are growing at a far greater rate than thosewho study the Arts and Humanities. This is largely due to a higher demand forjobs in technology.
This doesn’t mean however that studying the Arts andHumanities is futile, as the employment rates of Arts and Humanities majors arestill growing, largely due to the people skills that graduates attain fromstudying the Arts and Humanities. An increase of importance of STEM subjectsdoes not devalue the importance of studying the Arts and Humanities. There are concerns that the growth of Artificial Intelligencewill make many jobs will be automated in the future, 2’nearlyhalf of all the work we do will be able to be automated by the year 2055.’ Inevitablythis will lead to higher unemployment rates and there is an argument that theyArts and Humanities doesn’t teach you to compete in this market in the way STEMsubjects do and graduates with in a STEM subject will succeed in the jobmarket. While it is likely that Artificial Intelligence will takehealthy amount of jobs, the majority of jobs taken will jobs that involve gatheringdata. Accountants, Market researches and jobs of that ilk are the most likelyto betaken. Servicejobs are also at risk, 3’In the U.
K., the Bank ofEngland estimates that about 15million mostly service jobs—half the country’s total—could succumb toautomation and widen the gap between rich and poor.’ The skill learned from studying theArts and Humanities will allow graduates to adapt and evolve when working with ArtificialIntelligence.
The broad education provided by an Arts and Humanities degreewill also allow individuals to change careers should their job be taken byArtificial Intelligence. In conclusion, the studyingof the Arts and Humanities is and will continue to be extremely useful. TheArts and Humanities help students obtain the vital skills of critical thinkingand independent learning, helping them develop as an independent thinker.Learning about a culture is also extremely useful especially in the modernworld which is an experience supplied commonly by studying the Arts and Humanities.Lastly, fostering the ideas of social justice and equality is not just usefulfor society peacefully thrive but vital, as a world with more careunderstanding in it is a better world. 1 Martha C.
Nussbaum, Not ForProfit: Why Democracy Needs The Humanities, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016, Chapter V, 93 2 Patrick Caughill, Nearly half of current jobs could beautomated by 2055, according to a new report, World Economic Forum. Date Accessed January 7th 2018 3 Mark Whitehouse, Is Your Job About ToDisappear?: QuickTake, BloombergDateAccessed January 7th 2018