So you thought college is boring? Not if you enroll in any of the following courses. But know that these courses are not always as crazy as they sound. Surely they were constructed by crazy fan cum professors but they often dig deep and ask the universal question that mankind has been asking since the beginning of time – WHY – for instance, why are they popular or why are people so interested about them?
1. Lady Gaga And The Sociology Of The Fame
The University of South Carolina offers a sociology course for fans (and non-fans too) interested in understanding the life, work and the rise of Lady Gaga. The basic objective of the course, as described in ‘course blog’ is “The central objective of this course is to unravel some of the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga, devoting specific attention to the role of: business and marketing; law and legalities; the old and the new media; fans and live shows; gay culture; religious and political themes; sex, gender, and sexuality; and the city of New York.”
The course is taught by Professor Mathieu Deflem who is a fan of the singer and had confessed of attending as many as 30 Lady Gaga concerts. Professor Deflem’s interest in Lady Gaga began back in 2009 while watching the singer perform. And some years later while planning for a course on the Sociology of Celebrity or the Sociology of Fame, he thought he would use Lady Gaga as example but on a second thought, he decided to launch a full-on course on the pop star!
For further info on the course visit the blog here – http://www.gagacourse.net/
2. Politicizing Beyonce
This course is offered by Rutgers University in New Jersey in the department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Some of the questions that the course will tend to answer are whether ‘Beyonce is a feminist?’ or ‘by donning her skimpy cloths she makes her objectified or does it empower her?’ The doctoral student, Kevin Allred who teaches the Beyoncé class intents to explore gender, race and sexual politics in North America.
The main focus is, in Allred’s own words, to “shift students away from simply being consumers of media toward thinking more critically about what they’re engaging on a regular basis.”
For further info on the course visit – http://news.rutgers.edu/issue.2012-01-03.4307075525/article.2012-01-09.3710058680#.VMRRQ_6Ucvr
3. Harry Potter And The Age Of Illusion
Offered at Durham University as an undergraduate degree. While focusing on the work of JK Rowling, the objectives are to ‘place the phenomenon that is Harry Potter in its social, cultural and educational context and understand some of the reasons for its popularity; to consider the relevance of Harry Potter to the education system in the twenty-first century; to understand twenty-first century education in the light that the Harry Potter series, and other educational fiction, casts on it; to make explicit connections between Harry Potter and citizenship education.’
Well, all these sound very intriguing but look they’ve forgotten to include Muggle themes, what a shame!
4. Zombie Studies
In an attempt to offer an ‘off-the-wall’ exciting course the University of Baltimore introduced Zombie studies. The course promises to dig into how exactly literature and mass media works and in what way they reflect our times. Now wait, the course isn’t exactly as boring as it sounds. For Zombie movie fans, there’s good news, everything isn’t entirely deep and theoretical. Two weird themes that the course explores are guts and bloods. Ya well we are studying about zombies after all!
For further info visit – http://www.ubalt.edu/news/news-releases.cfm?id=1295
5. Ghostbuster Studies
Back in 2006, Coventry University started offering this part-time two-year course by a hardcore Ghostbusters fan and psychology lecturer Tony Lawrence. So if you’ve always wanted to work with motion detector and electromagnetic sensors, you know where to go now. Dr Lawrence will teach you to talk to the dead, understand how telepathy works and even how to chase poltergeists!
6. Feel The Force: How To Train In The Jedi Way
Started in 2008 by Queen’s University Belfast, the course claims to teach us, “real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks”. And promises to dig deeper into the universe of Star Wars with issues like fatherhood, destiny, fascism, balance et al with a novel approach.
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If you know of some wackier and crazy University courses, don’t feel shy to list them in the comment section below.