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 APRIL 1, 2010 Volume 2

COOLEST College Courses
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Class: The Joy of Garbage @ Santa Clara University

The class explores decomposition and waste processes. It focuses on two types of waste: items that rot and items that don’t. It also explores the social justice issues related to the environment.


Class: Learning from YouTube @ Pitzer College

The class consists of students watching, discussing, and commenting on YouTube videos. The course syllabus and videos of the class be found on YouTube:


Class: Underwater Basket Weaving @ Reed College 

Reed has offered this course since 1980, and the University of California-San Diego has offered a similar course since 1984. The University of Arizona's Student Resource Center offered "submerged snorkeling basket weaving" in 1998.


Class: Tree Climbing @ Cornell University

Cornell offers a tree climbing course as a PE credit. The course teaches how to “get up into the canopy of any tree, to move around, even to climb from one tree to another without touching the ground.” 


Class: Philosophy and Star Trek @ Georgetown University

 Students watch Stark Trek, read philosophy, and hash it all out in class.  They discuss things like the possibility of time travel and the meaning of reality.


Class: Queer Musicology @ University of California-Los Angeles

In the 1990s, UCLA combined queer theory with the science of music. The course approaches ideas and theory regarding listening, composing, and performing music by gays.


Class: Maple Syrup, The Real Thing @ Alfred University

This class talks about the history and the making of maple syrup. The class also takes field trips.


Class: The Science of Harry Potter @ Frostburg State University

This course uses the basic principals of physics to explain  magical occurrences in J.K. Rowling’s books. It is offered as an honors seminar.


Class: The Art of Walking @ Centre College

This class explores Immanuel Kant's "Critique of Judgment." By walking rather than sitting, students test  Kant' philosophy. Field trips are taken  nature preserves, battlefields, cemeteries and more.


Class: iPhone Application Programming @ Stanford University

The course was first to reach the 1,000,000 milestone in iTunesU, which hosts hundreds of college and university course offerings. A live version, called CS193P,  can be downloaded off of iTunes U.

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