>> Jun 10, 2016
Some school courses – even those offered in some of the best international schools in the Philippines and Civil Engineering University in Manila make you want to pull your hair in frustration. It's either you don't really like what the professor is talking about, or he's so boring that you'd rather just go home and sleep.
However, there are subjects, however unusual they might sound, will make you want to go back to school and take them.
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1. “United Kingdom: To Hogwarts, Harry: An Intensive Study of Harry Potter Through the British Isles” -Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, M.I.
In this class, students will travel to the UK as they read the series. They'll visit the places that appeared in the films or the places that served as inspiration for the books. Such places are the Edinburgh Castle and Christ’s Church at Oxford University and the Tower of London.
2. Elvish-University of Wisconsin
The leading expert in Sindarin, the official term for Elvish, is the one teaching this course.
3. “Wasting Time on the Internet” -The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelpha
All you’ll need is your laptop and WiFi. The creative writing students of the English Department of the University of Pennsylvania will only have to communicate with each other using chat rooms and message boards. The goal of this subject is to turn all that time you’re wasting browsing the internet into a literary work.
4. “Politicizing Beyoncé”-Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
By analyzing Beyoncé’s songs and videos together with readings on the struggles of black feminists in the US, the subject will try to place Beyoncé into a position of progressive feminist figure, and to figure out if her influence can pave the way for social change.
5. “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame”-University of South Carolina
The focus of the subject is Lady Gaga, not her specifically, but the culture of fame and sociology. What makes her tick such as her business and her way of marketing, her brand of entertainment, and her political activism. The subject is about the culture of fame, and Lady Gaga’s fame will serve as the example.
6. “South Park and Contemporary Social Issues”-McDaniel College
South Park has discussed almost every controversial social issue in their 180 episode run, usually using humor to explore these issues. The subject will tackle issues such as race and gender using text and sociology to understand and to help analyze the issues addressed in the show.
7. “Videogame Theory and Analysis”-MIT Open Courseware
The subject wants to understand the influence of video games on society by playing, studying, analyzing reading, and writing about the cultural and social functions in-game and applying them to contemporary settings.
8. “#SelfieClass”-University of Southern California in Los Angeles, C.A.
The name of this class was formally “Writing 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning: Identity and Diversity.” However, students were given an assignment to write how selfies create or blur someone’s sense of identity.
9. “Writing for Video Games and Emerging Media”-Ithaca College, New York
In these classes, students will learn history, literature and design for video games, and analyze features specific and unique to games.
10. “Batman as American Mythology”-University of California, Berkeley
The class will center on the mythos of Batman and his appeal to pop culture. The course will explore what defines Batman using significant works in different media, whether written, animated, or cinematic, and will also delve into his psychology and philosophy and learn what makes him such a complex character.
Don’t these bizarre classes make you want to go back to school?
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Sue Reyes is a former writer for CNN Philippines and Aspiring Fashion Blogger. She is a part-time lecturer in some learning institution in the Philippines.
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