Saturday, November 3, 2018

C2 Sample Essay 25 (Science versus Economics/Language)
Writing at C2 level (Proficient User) on English language examinations is the same no matter the awarding body when it comes to writing essays. If you are a candidate giving an exam in English, make sure you read my earlier post What do I do with the sample writing found on this blog? to get the most out of the sample essays provided on this blog. 

If you are not taking an exam but need ideas on whether a government should fund science-related subjects more than other disciplines, then read on and note down what you deem useful. If you intend to use this essay as part of an assignment, remember to paraphrase so as not to plagiarize.

The topic is similar to what candidates would expect in any other C2 level examination in that examiners want to see a well-organized, coherent and cohesive discussion of the issue with arguments, explanations and examples. 

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It is common practice for a country's government to fund universities to improve teaching, research and keep tuition fees low. However, the question being raised lately is whether governments should focus on funding science-related subjects more or other disciplines such as Economics or language-learning studies.

          Universities have always been the center of attention as any country’s progress has depended to a great extent on the ideas which have poured forth from these great institutions of knowledge. It is only natural then that governments would want to benefit from this knowledge, hence the various funding programs set up over the years. Nowadays, the debate issuing from this funding is related to the antagonism between faculties on which should receive the greater part of governmental funds.

          Those who affirm that science courses which belong to the natural, formal or applied sciences are more important and therefore should be endorsed by the government more than any other courses base their arguments on the fact that these subjects offer more to society and humankind as a whole. They support their claims with the various technological feats science has accomplished: open-heart surgery and other medical miracles; the discovery and exploration of other planets; the development of mechanical means of thinking which aid man in dealing with difficult manual as well as mental tasks. These extraordinary accomplishments would not have come to pass had there been no one to facilitate the programs which were the basis of research behind these breakthroughs. Government backing in the form of money is therefore a necessity which will aid science to continue the progress made in the fields of medicine, space exploration, environmental sustainability and more, ultimately leading to the improvement of life on earth.

          On the other hand, there are those who vehemently profess that life does not solely revolve around science, as there is more to it than just tangible objects. That is what other courses offer, they contend. Language for instance, which is imperative in the quest for better relations between countries around the world, also broadens one’s scope of human culture and  one’s imagination, both of which give flavor to life despite the fact that many may think that this is unnecessary. Similarly, Economics is a subject whose benefits are as tangible as those of Science since by studying the various economies of the world, the virulent impact of disasters such as the Crash of the New York Stock Exchange in 1929, which brought about ten arduous years of depression, may easily be if not prevented at least mitigated.

          On the whole, no one subject should benefit from special governmental treatment. All disciplines are equally important and the fact that many have survived through the centuries proves this. I firmly believe that as with all aspects of life, variety is needed. Only by combining overall knowledge can life on earth, human existence and the standard of living, which is what knowledge in general should aim to improve, continue to develop and progress in a favorable way.

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