Deconstructing TV’s Buffy
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an extremely ‘full’ text, playing on ideological fault lines. The series, self-consciously generic in conception and execution, allows this course to examine the histories, theories, and traditions of the musical, melodrama, comedy, silent film, and horror genres. Students should exit the course with a paper worthy of publication in an academic journal.” (Emerson College) Have a soon-to-be college student? Here’s how to plan an amazing college tour.
Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way
“This course analyzes the real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks and examines the wider issues behind the Star Wars universe, like balance, destiny, dualism, fatherhood, and fascism. Lightsabers are not provided.” (Queen’s University Belfast) We wonder if they also teach these little-known facts about Star Wars.
The Simpsons and Philosophy
“From philosophy to religion, from science to politics, students will explore a number of different worldviews. By taking this class, students will come to appreciate how The Simpsons can lead to a better understanding of, well, pretty much everything.” (University of California, Berkeley)