Quiz o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes:

Which of these colleges courses is bogus?

1. Lady Gaga and the  Sociology of Fame – U. of  South Carolina, Columbia

2. The Phallus – Occidental

3. Joy of Garbage –  Santa Clara

4. Harry Potter: Finding Your  Patronus – Oregon State

5. Theatrical Fencing – U. of  Wisconsin, Madison

6. DJ History, Culture, and Technique – NYU

7. Arguing with Judge Judy:   Popular ‘Logic’ on TV  Judge Shows – U. of  California, Berkeley

8. Sport for the Spectator –  Ohio State, Mansfield

9. Learning from Youtube –  Pitzer

10. Geology and Cinema –  U. of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Aw heck, you know the answer already, don’t you?  They are all actually offered.

Which makes them all bogus.

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.
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10 Responses to Quiz o’ th’ Day

  1. epiminondas says:

    Theatrical fencing would appear to be the most useful course on that list.


  2. Sir Barken Hyena says:

    “The Phallus” does have a nice elegant simplicity to it though.


  3. Sax von Stroheim says:

    Theatrical Fencing definitely isn’t bogus: that or some kind of stage combat class should be offered by any decent-sized theater program as (a) it is something you definitely need to be instructed in and (b) plays a role in lots of classics.

    I would like to know more about the syllabus for “Geology and Cinema”, though.


    • Fenster says:

      point . . . . taken


    • Fenster says:

      Geology and Cinema: Geology 1005

      About that course:

      What Hollywood Gets Right…and Wrong

      Featured Class: There may be no better introduction to the world of geology than through the lens of Hollywood. Much of the public’s information about Earth comes from movies, but most of the time that information is not always entirely factual. In an effort to captivate audiences, movie directors may twist reality when it comes to scientific fact versus fiction.

      In this class, films such as The Core, Dante’s Peak, and Jurassic Park are used by professor Justin Revenaugh to illustrate geological concepts. But the course is not all movies and popcorn. Lecture and laboratory time is spent discussing and analyzing the topics presented by Hollywood.

      Students will leave this introductory course with knowledge of Earth’s 4.5 billion year history—as well as familiarity with the solar system, volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers, deserts, oceans, and climate change. Weekly lab sessions focus on identifying and classifying minerals and rocks, utilizing geologic maps, and performing basic geologic fieldwork.

      Like movies? Like minerals? Sit back, relax, and get ready to watch…and learn!


  4. Blowhard, Esq. says:

    The only weird class I remember in undergrad was a history of coffee. But it wasn’t that weird, it was a global history via this one commodity.


  5. Most of these classes just seem like marketing. Hollywood and Geology class — sexying up geology to attract non-science majors. Judge Judy — a logic class in disguise. Joy of Garbage — probably an environmental analysis class.


  6. Fenster says:

    I think that some of these may in fact be better than they sound, to paraphrase Twain on Wagner. I glanced at the Geology and Cinema course and it does seem a little more substantive than you’d think, with the cinema thing as window dressing. On the other hand, check out the homework and assignments for Joy of Garbage.


    This is pretty thin gruel.


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