Although there are myriad of courses offered by universities today, there seems to be few we cannot do without in our present society. Unarguably, every course is important and useful in one way or the other. In other words, no knowledge acquired is a waste. However, some courses are inextricably invaluable and indispensable such that their knowledge and application contribute immensely to the development of the society. Put differently, our society without them, is bound to experience set back or retrogression.
It is also interesting to know that some of these courses never existed from the onset; they emerged and became relevant with the passage of time, largely due to changes such as technological innovations and cultural renaissance.
Below is the list of the courses in no particular order:
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Information Communication Technology, ICT for short, has rapidly become very popular and indispensable today. It came into existence after the invention of computer and has evolved over the years to become a very sophisticated field of study. In fact, its importance today cannot be over-emphasized, as the knowledge of ICT is applicable and useful in every strata of our society.
Furthermore, it is a known fact that, no society can function optimally today without the applicability of the knowledge of ICT. For instance, today’s economy cannot survive without ICT – from financial and banking sector, to manufacturing and importantly, communication. The communication sector has completely been revolutionized by making it quite easy, faster, affordable and ubiquitous in usage – people now sit at the comfort of their homes to communicate in any part of the globe at a snap of fingers. The advent of the internet for instance has added lots of beauty to communication, with the creation of email to computer softwares such as Facebook, WhatsApp , etc.
Today, we can talk about ICT in medicine, military, aviation, education, crime fighting, law, governance and administration, engineering, etc. ICT in this sense involves every disciplines that is connected to the study of computer and its application (hard wares and soft wares). Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, etc are part and parcel of this category.
Medical Sciences involves all the medical related courses such as medicine, Pharmacy, Laboratory Science, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, etc. For our society to witness progress and development, the citizens must have sound health. This supports the common saying, “health is wealth” and stresses its usefulness which cannot be over-emphasized.
Origin of medical sciences is dated back to a physician Hippocrates of Kos (c. 460 – c. 370 BCE), who is considered as the “father of modern medicine”. Down the ages, the knowledge of the course has evolved greatly to what is obtainable now in our contemporary society.
Quite prominent to mention is the exploits of medical research which has been very helpful in finding cures to diseases that have broken out over the ages such as polio, etc. They have made numerous remarkable breakthrough in medical treatment and care of various disease. It is also worthy of note that the world is having a high expectation on this noble profession, to provide solution to the global pandemic known as “COVID-19” which is ravaging the world’s population and posed a serious threat to humanity.
Today, there are lots of innovations that have made administration of medical treatment quite easy and less risky, helping to increase life expectancy, reduce infant mortality rate etc.
Engineering is a body of knowledge the society cannot do without. It is quite essential with high applicability in every facets of life. It is not out of place to say that, without engineering, the world will not be an interesting place to live in. Imagine a society without the fastest means of transportation – aeroplane; without tarred roads and other wonderful and breathtaking infrastructure we have around that makes life meaningful.
Engineering has many strands which include chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, etc.
Law is undoubtedly one of the few courses the society cannot do without. It is an essential tool in maintaining order by compelling obedience from citizens through prescribing punitive measures. It is also a platform where agreements are cemented and understanding reached for cordial and working business partnership.
The opposite of a society with law is anarchic society. Anarchy is the state of lawlessness, where life is lived according to capacity to defend oneself. In other words, the powerful feed on the weak. On the other hand, law recognizes human rights and guard against injustices by ensuring that people get what is due them.
Law is quite essential in every society because it is a tool for resolving conflicts and disagreements. These conflicts if persisted, can lead to or result in a full blown crisis where peace will be absent. Any society without peace cannot experience development.
Accounting and Economics fall under the umbrella of finances and management of wealth/resources. Any nation or society that fails to get it right in this sector is bound to fail. Such is likened to a man with enormous capacity to create wealth or make money but lack managerial skills, which involves how to grow the wealth acquired and how to make futuristic plans in case of any eventualities.
Any society without a sound background in finances and management of resources is likened to a directionless boat that is bound to capsize. This vividly explains why many nations go into recession and many economies crumbled. This is because it involves a considerable amount of projection and forecast about the future occurrences. This is the motive behind international financial institution’s imposition of economic and financial blueprint to developing/third world countries. They believe that these countries do not have capable and sound managerial skills or manpower to steer their various economies to perform optimally. Summarily, without accounting and economics, nations will find it difficult to acquire and manage their wealth/resources.
On the whole, as it was earlier stated, every course or knowledge should be highly encouraged and cherished because they have useful function they play in the society. However, there are few indispensable courses which the society cannot do without, for optimal growth and development, which we have done justice to.