XIII.—NEWS

1876 Mind  
New*. 577 XIII.-NEWS. SINCE the article on Philosophy in London in the present number was written, an important change has been announced in the plan of examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Science in the University, whereby Logio and Psychology will cease to be compulsory subjects, and thus vanishes one of the most characteristic features of the general scheme of the University as set forth in the article. The B. So. examination will as before consist of two stages, but will not
more » ... t will not henceforth have reference to a merely general discipline in the sciences. At the second stage, instead of being required as heretofore to pass in five different subjects, making with the four subjects of the first stage a tolerably complete round of the chief sciences, a candidate in future need not bring up more than three out of nine subjects, of which Logic and Psychology form one. That is to say, he will begin to speexalise before reaching the grade of Bachelor. Care, however, is taken to make the earlier eramination more comprehensive than hitherto-in fact, fairly co-extensive with the field of general science as commonly understood. The practical and other reasons for the change are very strong, nor is it greatly to be regretted, in the present state of instruction or feeling about instruction as described in the article, that the philosophical examination will no longer be imposed on all the candidates. At the same time it is right to point out that the general scheme of the University is dislocated by giving the B. So. degree (even partially) a special character; while, if Logic and Psychology are allowed (as they are) to rank as Science, they cannot properly be ranged (as they are) with departments so special-not to say concrete-as botany, zoology, or physical geography and geology. About Psychology there may be a question, if it is not clearly conceived as the great fundamental subjective scienoe-the root of one half of human knowledge, or rather, the key to one whole side of all human knowledge; but surely Logic at least pertains to the most general scientific discipline. In no longer requiring a knowledge of Logic from its Bachelors of Science, the University is throwing away one of its chief distinctions, and will not so easily replace or recover it. No change has been made in the regulations for admission to the degree of D. Sc., except that candidates who have prolonged the interval between the first and second stages of the B. Sc. examination from one year to two years or more, over their special studies, may go up for the Doctorate after a single year instead of two years as before. This change seems a reasonable one in the new circumstances, but the reform really called for in the D. Sc. regulations is that some evidence of original work should be required from the candidates, by way of written dissertation or otherwise. In the department of Mental Science at least, the written answers to papers of miscellaneous questions which are at present the only test imposed, keep the degree practically at the level of the ordinary M.A. (Branch III.), except in so far as the greater range of subjects at The University of British Colombia Library on July 3, 2015 http://mind.oxfordjournals.org/ Downloaded from
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