The top 12 most bizarre college courses offered in America
“Using the political cartoons of Alison Bechdel and theoretical and historical readings, this course has students “examine the constructions of identities and politics within lesbian culture.”
Using such documents as Aristotle’s Poetics, this course analyzes “diasporic black queer cultures as political and philosophical engagements.”
This course is an “exploration of the connections between oppression of women and oppression of nature.”
This course analyzes “why recent legal solutions cannot fulfill expectations and discuss how the social control of prostitution might actually cause it” by “reviewing the wide range of empirical meanings attributed to prostitution and the ways modern forces have transformed them.”
This course combines “aspects of multiple fields including infections disease microbiology, neurobiology, epidemiology and animal behavior” in order to “explore the process of host behavior mediation by infectious agents.”
This course “challenges and refines the ideas of white privilege and race in the history and contemporary United States and presents “students with an approachable but nuanced way of developing a notion of the construction and maintenance of whiteness in the United States.”
This course studies “the history and culture of ancient Sparta from her beginnings to her final decline into obscurity and impotence” by learning “about warfare in the ancient world and why the Spartans excelled in it.”
This course “examines US beauty pageants from the 1920s to the present” with the aim of analyzing “pageantry as a unique site for the interplay of race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation” and understanding the “changing identity of the US over time.” The class also includes a trip to an Ohio pageant.
Using readings of Lincoln, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Xenophon, Plato, and The Bible, this course will explore the requirements of great political leadership.
This course “examines the construction and representation of the so-called epidemic of obesity, the major explanations for the rise in obesity and the interventions they beget, and the implications of naming obesity as a problem.”
This course introduces students to evolutionary theory and related ideologies and concepts like Social Darwinism, Eugenics, Scientific Racism, Biological reductionism and the nature/nurture debate to examine “the ways in which Evolutionary Theory has been used and abused to provide a basis for ideologies about human nature.”
This course studies “the figure of the diva as a powerful cultural text,” and“explores representations of the diva in literature, art, and popular and high culture.”
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