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  1. Introduction.
  2. The idea of teaching economics in the University of Sydney.
    1. This conflicting process to get a faculty of economics and commerce.
  3. Educational problems in Sydney and Melbourne.
  4. The two ways to study at the University of Sydney.
  5. Distinction among social classes.
  6. The development of newspapers.
  7. Urbanization of the Australians.
  8. Financial depression after the economic growth.
    1. Consequences of the financial depression.
  9. The creation of the faculty of economics and commerce.
  10. Conclusion.
  11. Bibliography.
  12. Appendix.

The creation of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce spread over the last two centuries. Throughout its foundation, this essay will deal with the Australian society over that period from the conception of this Faculty in 1850 to its effective creation in 1907. It will also relate to broader cultural development at the time. The aim of that essay will be to understand why the creation of the faculty of Economics and Commerce at the University of Sydney became an essential need in the Australian society. The University of Sydney was the first one to be founded in Australia in 1850. Its objective was to provide upon ?a liberal and comprehensive basis, a University which [should] be accessible to all classes and to all collegiate or academic institutions which [should] seek its affiliation? . Hence, according to the committee appointed by the Legislative Council, all classes and all denominations could get a higher education, as long as they matched the requirements to join the University.

[...] The creation of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce took more than fifty years to get established, and a few years more to take its landmarks with its own building. Sydney inhabitants had to wait to experience a deep evolution in their ways of living and in their ways of thinking. Although businessmen were respected and highly considered before the 1890s, the middle-class society was not ready to erect a school of Economics and Commerce, maybe to be able to transmit their knowledge only within business families and not to popularise their knowledge. [...]


[...] Bibliography Primary Sources Calendar of the University of Sydney for the Year 1907 (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1907), p.131 Faculty of Arts: Minutes Book, 1889-1912 (Sydney: University of Sydney, 1912), pp. 286-288 New South Wales Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Assembly First Series, LXXXIX Turney, Clifford (with Ursula Bygott, and Peter Chippendale), Australia's First: A History of the University of Sydney Volume 1850-1939 (Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1991) aims of the University of Sydney? Speech by W.C. Wentworth on University of Sydney, Bill in the Legislative Council of New South Wales, Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney: Fairfax October 1849) p.11 The Bulletin, No March 1891 Sydney Morning Herald? The Sydney Morning Herald? (Sydney: Fairfax March 1900), p.4 The University of Sydney One Hundred Years of the Faculty of Arts (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1952) University of Australia?, Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney: Fairfax June 1904), p.12 Littlejohn, G.S. [...]


[...] Connell, The University and its Community (Sydney: Ian Novak, 1964), p Calendar of the University of Sydney for the Year 1907 (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1907), p.131 Faculty of Arts: Minutes Book, 1889-1912 (Sydney: University of Sydney, 1912), pp.281-315 A.L. McLeod, Evening Studies in the University of Sydney: 1884-1954 (Sydney: Univesity of Sydney, 1955), p New South Wales Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Assembly First Series, LXXXIX E.L. Wheelwright, Higher Education in Australia (Sydney: Cheshire: 1965), p Utilitarism was a concept created by Jeremy Bentham who designed the ?greatest happiness to the greatest number of people?. [...]

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