Top 10 weird university modulesBy Emma
Bored of studying plain old English, Science or Maths? You should be... we've uncovered some of the weirdest modules from around the world
1. David Beckham Studies – Staffordshire University
This one caused a bit of controversy a few years ago, during the height of David Beckham’s fame. Takes a look at football through the ages, a history which culminates with Beckham’s noughties super-stardom.
2. Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion – Durham University
Every Harry Potter’s dream come true! Key themes include ‘Gryffindor and Slytherin: prejudice and intolerance in the classroom’, ‘Muggles and magic: the escape from the treadmill and the recovery of enchantment’, and ‘Magic, reason and reality’.
3. How to Train the Jedi Way – Queen’s University, Belfast
Teaches students to harness the psychology of Star Wars’ Jedi Knights to enhance communication skills and personal development. May the force be with you.
4. Robin Hood Studies – The University of Nottingham
Steal from the rich, give to the poor – if you thought you had Robin Hood sussed, think again. This master’s course intends to set the record straight about Nottingham’s most famous hero.
5. Brewing and Distilling – Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
The gift that keeps on giving.
6. Contemporary Circus Studies – Bath Spa University
As if you needed any more incentive to clown around at university, Bath Spa has devised this inventive performing arts course, making the common urge to run away and join the circus a genuine possibility.
7. Beatles Studies – Liverpool University
What better excuse to sit around all day listening to your favourite band?
8. Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame – University of South Carolina
It might sound suspiciously like the University of South Carolina is simply trying to cash-in on Lady Gaga’s fame. Fear not though, Little Monsters, the course will, apparently, “introduce students to a sociological analysis of issues related to the work of” the star. Carry on then.
9. Politicizing Beyonce – Rutger’s University, New Jersey
In a similar vein to Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame, in this course Beyonce’s “music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics”
10. Equestrian Psychology – Glyndwr University
Ever dreamed of becoming the next horse whisperer? Look no further...