reply to post by FortAnthem
I beg to differ.
With the exception of some of those classes (1, 18, 19 20, possibly some others), most of those courses I find to actually be academically engaging,
if designed and taught like I imagine.
I'll only touch on a few, but here goes:
3. "GaGa for Gaga: Sex, Gender, and Identity" : While the issue at first might be because it has to do with Lady Gaga, the point of the course appears
to be the latter: sex gender and identity. By using a pop icon with which many kids are familiar (and possibly like), the instructor can more easily
see that the students identify with their own identity and gender struggles. They might also bring in historical issues of gender identity and
struggle, and all this is tied into the current lady gaga and the identity crises or issues that people latently possess.
4. Same as above, in some respects. A sociological look at fame and its implications, possibly even how it can distort gender lines even more.
5. To get some students to understand difficult concept it is sometimes necessary to use examples of things they know and things that interest them. I
am reminded of the film Dangerous Minds, and how Pfeiffer used the student's own contemporary (rap) music/lyrics to teach them about poetry and other
literature, that they previously hated. By teaching the "philosophy of star trek," the students will be able to learn philosophical principles in an
engaging and interesting way.
6. This could also be a way for students to learn about the linguistics of their own language, when they study the linguistics of a language in a show
they like. Linguistics is hard enough as it is, so making it interesting is key, and builds concepts and is applicable to their own language.
11. Definitely interesting. Since Christianity is by and large a male centric religion, offering a contemporary perspective can help entice thinking
and broaden the students' overall perspective of an archaic theme.
I could add several more to this list.
If one is familiar with how
many college courses are designed, one can see that these particular courses are not at all pointless or wasteful.
I have taken courses that would, on first glance, seem to be just as wasteful, but they turned out to be a wealth of information that build on an
array of other principles and materials. This is why I argue the way I do regarding some of them.
And as others have said, they are elective classes.
edit on 8-6-2013 by Liquesence because: (no reason given)