>>7656371 >it is frightening when x >that's a fact Lol'd
I haven't had to read anything stupid this semester, I picked my classes based on professor. I guess my contemporary ethics class has resulted in reading some stupid shit (Nozick's argument for philosophical anarchy, LaFollette's argument for licensing parents) but my professor thankfully doesn't advocate anything.
>Take class on Neoliberalism and Regional Development >Looking at gentrification >Old school marxist professor lays out well reasoned arguement how middle class queers are displacing poor people from their neighbourhoods in order to make it more "progressive"
We're going to read the Lysistrata which is cool in all but the catch is we're only reading it so we can watch spike lee's adaptation. Also in the same class Morrison's Sula, which is just confusing more than anything, why pick one of her lesser works?
Persepolis, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, classmates essays on "Gender being a Disability"
I was essentially shunned (I'm one of two guys in the only major requirement English class and the only sophomore (bc i was putting off taking the worst class, 101 essentially but its like high school freshman level rigorous)) by the entire class for wanting to read Gothic fiction in regards to its form, poetic movements through prose and narratology instead of race or feminist theories, my professor loves it but never thinks of it on her own and always cycles back to identity readings.
We also have to do a bunch of "Digital Literature" like flash games and those obscure simulation type things
You plebs need to learn to research the class/prof you're taking. Obviously you don't sign up for "The Sociology of Queer Film Theory" if you're turned off by that kind of stuff.
>tfw my only elective this semester is Medieval Phil with some octogenarian descended from Austrian nobility >tfw this man was head of the Canadian Medical Association, travelled the world collecting Damascus steel and hunting bears and is intimately involved in contemporary philosophy of mathematics/physics >tfw in an hour and a half this man single handedly proved that God is real and we can have empirically verifiable experiences of the transcendent. >tfw to top it all off he's a cheeky fucker who cracks dirty jokes and wears a shit eating grin between sips of coffee and stories that range from him finding a first edition Metaphysics of Morals for $25 to him spending five years in a Siberian labour camp.
>>7657569 OP here. Taking an ancient philosophy class. Professor is a disheveled old guy who lectures while looking at the wall behind us and sometimes only tucks the front of his in (picture a shirt mullet). Also wears old guy sandals with socks.
Last week he somehow started talking about the Mona Lisa. He said he thinks it's overrated and that you can't even see the damn thing because Japanese people are always around it taking pictures.
He's pretty funny. Sometimes he'll make a joke, see me or someone else smirking at it, get all excited, and start talking faster.
Him and my world lit professor are cool. World lit is a British woman who wears black everyday and in roundabout way told us to get over our 'triggers' because we'll be reading some dark/rough shit.
So yeah, just got a little unlucky with a few of my professors. Ancient philosophy should be interesting because he just rambles for an hour and a half every day.
>>7657569 >You plebs need to learn to research the class/prof you're taking. Obviously you don't sign up for "The Sociology of Queer Film Theory" if you're turned off by that kind of stuff.
Yeah but this shit shouldn't be in colleges anyway. You should be able to pick a course, any course, and learn something edifying or useful, otherwise what's it for? Just taking money off talentless rich kids and force-feeding them ideology, making them even more idle and obnoxious than they were when they went in.
>>7657630 Universities are a business, not a charity (welcome to the capitalist West) so it makes sense that they'd offer classes that require little work on the part of the university/the prof as long as there's demand for these classes.
My Uni offers classes like "Medieval History of Middle-Earth", "Physics in Batman" and "Beyonce as a Major Figure" and there are students willing to shell out $1000 of their student loan to study these for four months.
It's naive to think that all uni classes are for higher learning, but there are obviously classes that do cater to actual study. Serious students aren't tempted by the bullshit and recognize that if you aren't working your ass off and pushing yourself to your mental limits you aren't getting your money's worth.
>first day of philosophy class >professor says participation makes up part of our grade >easiest way to participate is to speak in class >professor says there is a gender imbalance in philosophy PhD's >and but so "There must be something going wrong at the undergraduate level" >"women will be called upon to speak (participate) more then men to "correct" this "problem" >therefore it will be harder for male students to get participation marks >mfw
It's only 5 or 10 percent but still, it's the principle of the thing. I don't fork over tuition money to participate in affirmative action experiments
I'm not bullshitting he said this at the end of the first class. Other than that he's a competent lecturer and the readings seem pretty standard. I expected some sort of social justice onslaught but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm still a little peeved.
>Canadian lit class >2nd class lit majors have had to take at this point >just want the fucking piece of paper, whatever.jpg >last class all about immigrants bitching about their new luxurious though culturally disenfranchised lives >this one rife with muh Indian tears >muh stolen land >muh residential schools We already did this for 5 years of high school, guys
yall niggas know you can write whatever you want as long as you engage with the material and back your shit up profs aren't there to "indoctrinate" you, just present you with new shit that sparks a discussion t. a prof
>>7658955 i didn't really know what it meant because i'm not in america even when i was in a country that used the site less religiously, i never understood it because while i thought it was about attractiveness there were old men and fat women that got the pepper so i thought it may have just been "interesting" or something
>>7656371 R8 my required reading for my literature course this semester, boyos >Conrad's Heart of Darkness >Joyce's Portrait of the Artist >Nabokov's Pnin >Dinesen's Last Tales >Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea >Saro-Wiwa's Sozaboy
I'm pretty satisfied myself, haven't actually read anything by the meme man Joyce yet.
A lot of people here are 'taking classes', so I assume you're American. I study philosophy and Denmark, besides this one course now (where we could choose between existencephilosophy and phenomenology / aesthetics), it has all been set in stone what classes we have, and we only have philosophy classes.
Going to the University of California on exchange for 10 months next year, is the 'political correctness' culture as big as the internet make it out to be? I'm aiming to do different courses in logic, mathematics and some computer science. I've had to deal with 3 ethics courses here, but they weren't infested with 'social justice' meme or similar.
Some Heideggerian Architecture and the first chapter of Homoludens by Huizinga. The first was written beautifully I still don't get how you can relate it to any human experience
the 2nd is overall point for correct thing but when you try to enlarge the scope to religion fails horribly, also the lecturer completely misrepresent Huizinga's point that man is outside the biological explanation by putting his basic ideas through the lens of evolution and cover up the fact Huizinga try to apply it to the religious phenomena as a whole and he only showed the celebration.
>>7659494 Was at Hiroshima recently. Surprising how otherworldly the dome is when you are actually standing there and realize how all the people inside were vaporized and see the pictures of the area just leveled. Very somber place. The peace Bell was locked but a Japanese guard came and unlocked it for me even though I speak no Japanese.
Crazy place. Was surpassed how emotionally heavy it feels. All the memorials say they stand as monuments for peace.
>>7659519 I just didn't understand from the text nor the lecture around it, how the understanding so deeply innate to the buildings and architecture itself. they might lend specific interpretations but its hardly necessary nor is it universal to every person from every background basis.
I heard the same on churches, that they make the man feel small, but I hardly see how its even noticeable when I don't come from christian background and relate myself to the roots of this understanding.
Don't usually go for the bitching about feminism thing but my chinese - english dictionary of all things felt the need to say yin and yang is male chauvinism. Which makes me think the woman who wrote the dictionary didn't read the Tao Te Ching or even look at the yin yang symbol and think about it for a moment. Huh that's weird no out of place pithy comment about the character for woman making up part of the compound character for "good"
>>7659469 >political correctness culture It is already prevalent in Denmark and Europe at large etc. Tell me that if you made a joke at the expense of gender/race/sexuality in the public you would not be crucified.
You may not have any desire to do it but your freedom to do so is being encroached in favour of safety and shelter from diversity of opinions. Every draconian appeal to university authority is proof of it.
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