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If being a student wasn't hard enough,
November 4, 2002 6:14 PM   Subscribe

If being a student wasn't hard enough, now they want us to sit in a pub/bar, day and night, and all in the name of an education. Its a hard life, but someone has to do it!!!
posted by delboy_trotter (17 comments total)

 
I did it. But it we called it "life experience" class.
posted by stbalbach at 6:29 PM on November 4, 2002


Man, that whole time I was doing an independent study and I didn't even know it. Oh well. It would have messed up my rule about not doing classwork on Fridays anyway.
posted by Samsonov14 at 7:20 PM on November 4, 2002


as i've said in the past, and i'll say it again... i am in the wrong damn country. i swear....
posted by prescribed life at 7:52 PM on November 4, 2002


Delboy_trotter: it's worse better than you think. Blair dixit!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 7:56 PM on November 4, 2002


Combines nicely with this.

Oh, to be a British student right about now...
posted by Vidiot at 8:16 PM on November 4, 2002


word.
posted by ihyperion at 10:24 PM on November 4, 2002


At my college at Oxford we actually had a private pub right there on the quad for students and faculty only. I think I probably spent more money there than I did on tuition. Now, if only I could have received some academic credit for it.
posted by sixdifferentways at 11:02 PM on November 4, 2002


Argh. For once I have to agree with the tories - this is stupid, and just a way to get more people into higher education...when will Tony Blair realise the country cannot function if it is full of people with useless degrees...
posted by Orange Goblin at 11:23 PM on November 4, 2002


Where do I register for this class! :)
posted by LouReedsSon at 1:49 AM on November 5, 2002


Thats funny, I remember seeing an advert for a BA course in Star-Trek, I mean come on, what use are these courses.
posted by JonnyX at 2:12 AM on November 5, 2002


I work at that University. The same department (Local and Regional Studies at the University of Bradford, in Yorkshire) has also been slated in the press for a degree in Yorkshire Studies in the past.

What the article fails to mention is that this department is Adult Ed. and the typical demographic of the students on their courses is of retired adults paying the full whack for their time here. The department makes a profit and is entirely self funding.

Lots of good breweries around here (1, 2, 3). I bet the field trips are pretty good. Actually I know they are, I've been on trips round all three of those. :)
posted by vbfg at 2:24 AM on November 5, 2002


My sister is a History major at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and they have a similiar course. She said that it's a hard class because the professor wants to make sure that people aren't taking it as a mickey mouse class.

She said that before the first week finished, half the class had dropped out. Or maybe they went to get a beer and didn't come back.
posted by ugf at 5:02 AM on November 5, 2002


Combine that with a minor in nachos or pretzels, throw in a big screen TV stuck on ESPN, put all the hair back on my head, and I AM THERE!
posted by planetkyoto at 5:34 AM on November 5, 2002


The role of alcohol in society through the ages is very interesting I think. You could do the significance of wine in Christianity, beer and the northern European countries, illegal whisky production in Scotland and its reflection of the anti-colonial struggle, gin in eighteenth century London, the influence of absinthe on the artists of the early 20th century, prohibition, the role of pubs/inns/bars in social life etc etc etc. Sounds fascinating.
posted by Summer at 5:45 AM on November 5, 2002


"You will examine the place and significance of alcoholic drinks in society in the period 1750-1920, principally in England, but also including international comparisons. By the end of the module you will be able to explain the main developments in the history of drink in the period, and demonstrate an understanding of drink within its overall social context in the period."

...and this was brought up in the Lords? Am I missing something? Sounds like a boring module, but that's about it.
posted by digiboy at 8:13 AM on November 5, 2002


Combine that with a minor in nachos or pretzels, throw in a big screen TV stuck on ESPN, put all the hair back on my head, and I AM THERE!

Ha ha. That was the New Yorker caption we were searching for, planetkyoto! ;)
posted by MiguelCardoso at 8:57 AM on November 5, 2002


Wait -- ugf, you're telling me they offer a class like this at the school just blocks from my house?? Hmm. I bet I'm accompanying a lot of the students on their field work. Do I get any partial credit for helping them study?
posted by aine42 at 2:00 PM on November 5, 2002


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