The Twitter hashtag #Worse CollegeClasses has been catching on like wildfire, although the grammar has the most criticism. It was started as an honor to finals week and to remind students of how it could be worse. In light of this, here are some courses you should maybe steer clear off when registering for courses in college.
1. Breaking Down Breaking bad
During the spring 2014 semester, SUNY Buffalo students had the opportunity to enroll in a “Breaking Down Breaking Bad” Seminar. Listed in the UB law school, the media studies and theater department and visual studies, the course according to a news release from the school, studies an interesting program. “‘Breaking Bad’ goes into narrative and human and social complexity as no TV program has before.” Although it might be illegal, I wonder whether in future they could incorporate a chemistry class based on Walter White.
2. Philosophy and Star Trek
Georgetown University Students studying Philosophy, read works of Kant, Aristotle and others under the pretext of trying to understand Star Trek Philosophical depths. The course is an introduction to metaphysics and epistemology philosophy. It tries to dissect major philosophical questions presented by science fiction dramas.
3. Gardening and world religions
This is a course offered at Holy Cross. Students who partake this course, study the historical and cultural backgrounds of the major gardens in the world associated with religions. Field trips are made to regional gardens during the course duration and as a final project, the students have to design a small virtual contemplative garden that could be constructed at a specific campus site. The field trips do sound cool though.
4. Pet Product Design and Marketing
At Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, students can study branding, design, apparel sales, accessories and pet lifestyle products. Not a bad idea considering the many pooches sports sweaters on offer. At least they get to learn the ins and outs of cat collar designs!
This course is offered at Occidental college. ‘Stupidity’ is not about a quality the students’ possess but the name of the course. Works of Gilles Deleuze, Friedrich Nietzche and others are used to explain that ‘stupidity’ is neither organicity or ignorance but a result of knowing and a normalcy element. It’s a double of intelligence not it’s opposite. The course is a philosophical examination of operations and technologies we conduct so as to be rendered uncomprehending. According to the course description: “Stupidity, which has been evicted from the philosophical premises and dumbed down by psychometric psychology, has returned in the postmodern discourse against Nation, Self, and Truth and makes itself felt in political life ranging from the presidency to Beevis and Butthead. This course examines stupidity.”
6. Learning From Youtube
Considering the hashtag #WorseCollegeClasses on Twitter, Pitzer College in California takes the price. Students do meet in a classroom but they mostly work online. They view content on YouTube and post comments. Lessons are also posted on YouTube and students are encouraged to do the same. One student, for example, posted a video of himself juggling that lasts for 1:36-minutes. Apparently the professor set up the course so students could study the impact of YouTube on society.
Do you know any other #WorseCollegeClasses students wouldn’t want to take?