Let us introduce our opinion on the topic related to the recent spatial changes we witnessed at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the beginning of this year’s academic year. New lecture rooms, student dormitories and other new premises undoubtedly bring mutual satisfaction to students, lecturers and other employees at the faculty. With this, conditions are in place that allows all of us to have a better quality study.
In spite of this, a group of students and members of the Society Polituss convinced that it is necessary to draw attention to certain elements, whose controversy we will try to define below.
In society, we come up and act in the belief that the educational process is not just a preparation for the labor market. The relative autonomy of the university environment and the time of study represents the final milestone before the company’s steadily declining progress. This is precisely one of the last untouched positions from which it is possible to maintain a reflective attitude and to raise the society to the problems on which it is so fond of forgetting.
That is why our disappointment was even greater when we noticed that you decided to decorate the new lecture rooms with bar codes. It seems that this kind of move is the last in a series of measures that turn our faculty into the market lobby. To the extent that the presence of sponsors, video ad or, and others may be justified by pragmatic-functional reasons, the occurrence of barcodes for all is an absolutely unnecessary aesthetic add-on. Why are barcodes in lecture rooms so problematic? Controversy is already present in their basic purpose. The reason and reason for the use of bar code technology was the numbering of articles. The entry of a unique article number in a barcode on the packaging is the most common use of bar code. With the rise of self-service stores, bar codes became a necessity. They were providing faster work and more reliable data entry, all of which enabled a competitive advantage and continued existence.
Is such a concept really appropriate for the university environment?
In fact, it seems that the lecture room or the university as such has become a huge collection of goods. Better said the potential goods that are in the market lobby. A completely depersonalized bar code concept can also be understood in terms of inviting students and students to themselves (p) remain impersonal and selfish, as they will be competitors on the labor market tomorrow. Such associations, which this aesthetics undoubtedly arouses, certainly do not contribute to a pleasant study environment.
Therefore, we urge you to redeem the bar codes because they represent an insult to both students and employees at the faculty.
As an alternative, we suggest that the faculty will call a competition where students can present their ideas for decorating the lecture rooms, thus strengthening the identity and bond between students and the faculty itself.