THE NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE ON EARTH SCIENCES AT UNICAMP AND THE GEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE IN BRAZIL

BERNARDINO RIBEIRO FIGUEIREDO

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The most recent undergraduate course on Earth Sciences in Brazil started at Unicamp in 1998. This course is devoted to generating new graduates in geology, geography as well as geography teachers. During the last 20 years, the Institute of Geosciences at Unicamp has been dedicated to research and advanced graduate courses in several scientific areas. The present paper contains a description of part of the undergraduate program, specifically that which is more related to Geology. The course program benefited to a large extent from the intense discussions on geological education that took place all over the world in the last decades. This new course is attuned to the most modern experiences in geological education, by adopting the Earth System Science as the unifying approach of the disciplines. However, it differs from the traditional courses in the sense that human and social sciences have a greater weight in the curriculum (11% of course length is dedicated to social sciences and English and, 24% to mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology). Hopefully, that may lead to produce more capable professionals to work in multidisciplinary groups, which will be increasingly required in the near future. Following the recently approved Law of Guidelines and Basis for Education in Brazil (Lei de Diretrizes e Bases para a Educafdo - LDB), an increasing flexibility of university curricula and shorter undergraduate courses are being stimulated by the new policies for higher education in Brazil, which may induce further improvement of Unicamp's Earth Sciences program.

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Geological education; Earth System; Curricula guidelines; Unicamp.

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