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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 11. July 30, 1947

The Plan of Development

The Plan of Development.

I think it must have been obvious to the discerning reader that I envisage a much more extended role for philo-psych sociology than they have ever had before—despite the red-herring! It seems to me that the study of these subjects is so vital that they cannot be restricted to their separate departments alone. Development I think must take place in two directions: (1) These subjects must become the basis of an orientation course for all students; and (2) they must be developed, probably as options at the honours and research levels, by the specialist sciences, social and natural. We would have, for example, each of the separate sciences use the basic data so far gained in, let us say, sociology, and then, with this knowledge, extend themselves into the social relationships of their particular concrete study. Each science should thus consider itself in relationship to the whole social pattern.

It is my belief that the development of the three subjects under consideration must lie largely in this direction in the future. The knowledge gained would in time become a part of the introductory orientation course. The real source of orientation, however, comes as I have mentioned, further up the scale as the specialists orientate themselves to their common problems through the development of the psycho-socio-philosophic aspects of their disciplines.