Weird Courses You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Sometimes, it’s good to have a bit of fun to distract us from all the seriousness of college life.
Take these weird and funny college courses for example. These may not be offered through your online colleges right now, but, who knows? Maybe someday they will be.
Harry Potter Tour
In this course, students were required to read the entire Harry Potter series of novels before taking a 10 day tour of the U.K. While there, they visited historical places that inspired the books or were shown in the movies.
Wasting Time on the Internet
The requirements for this course was just a laptop (or smartphone) and internet connection. Students were forbidden to speak to each other except through social media platforms and chat rooms. As professor Goldsmith mentioned, “We’re reading and writing more than we have in a generation, but we are reading and writing differently—skimming, parsing, grazing, bookmarking, forwarding, retweeting, reblogging, and spamming language—in ways that aren’t yet recognized as literary.”
For this course, students were required to take 5 selfies and were asked to write an essay about their photos in which they had to answer how their selfies showed or obscured their identities.
This course encouraged students to analyze and critique Beyonce’s songs and music videos to see if her work does or doesn’t promote social change.
The Sociology of Miley Cyrus
While it may sound like a mouthful, this course aimed to ideentify “the interplay among race, class, and gender, as well as taking a feminist critique of media and sociology of media approach to the Miley ‘problem.’” Strange, yes. But definitely more fun than learning trigonometry.
The Physics of Star Trek
In here, students examined how the famous sci-fi series’ use of “Newton’s and Einstein’s physics, the Standard Model of particle physics, and the physics that underlies inertial dampers, transporter beams, warp drive, and time travel.”
Jay-Z and Kanye West
Does Jay-Z’s lyrics remind you of T.S. Eliot’s earlier works? Does Kanye use iambic pentameter in his songs? This course gave students the chance to analyze how these two rappers differ from or share similarities with other famous poets.