Fall 2010 course title superlatives: the intriguing, the entertaining and the plain old douchey

Most of us learned from a young age not to judge a book by its cover, but nobody ever mentioned anything about judging a course by its title — or placing it into a category based on said characteristic — right?

Hence, without any further ado, the winners for …

Most creative pun

MCM1501K: Seeing Queerly: Queer Theory, Film, Video

Most obscure reference ever to appear in a course catalogue

ETHN1890E: Johnny, Are You Queer: Narratives of Race and Sexuality


CLAS1120G: The Idea of Self

Most emblematic of Brown

tie between SOC1650: Unequal Societies and ANTH1910E: Social Construction


HIST1975Y: Clean and Modern


POLS0820D: Freedom

Most oddly specific

HIST1020: Living Together: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Iberia

Combination of most ostensibly unrelated topics

ENGL1360T: Eco-Shakespeare

Greatest resemblance to a potential independent film title

AFRI0110B: The Last Professors

Most likely to coincidentally be the title of a pop psychology best-seller

GNSS2010D: The Power and Mystery of Expertise

Most likely to also be the name of some trashy romance novel

CLAS1750K: Madwomen and Lovers

Most common topic of conversation among middle school girls

AMCV0150J: The Boy Problem

Most tasteless reference ever to appear in a course catalogue

tie between RELS0260: Religion Gone Wild: Spirituality and the Environment, and EAST0950A: Turning Japanese: Constructing Nation, Race and Culture in Modern Japan

Most intellectually ambitious

PHIL0250: The Meaning of Life

Fascinating in the most twisted way

RELS0068: Religion and Torture

Most epic

MCM0901B: Bad in a Good Way: The Art of Failure

and last but not least …

Honorable mention for general pomposity, randomness, ambiguity and/or flowery language

HIST0970B: Tropical Delights: Imagining Brazil in History and Culture

HIST0970X: Gandhi’s Way

AMCV1904B: Henry James Goes to the Movies

AMCV1612M: Children of Immigrants

RELS2110A: Religion and Romanticism: Religious Nature and Nature Religion in Public and Private

ENGL1310B: American Degenerates

COLT1410: Lost in Translation: The Adaptation of Literature to Film in Japan

Happy pre-registration!


  1. 2011

    Most Insane Description:

    LITR1230G: Master Poets of Apartheid Streets: Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks

    With the theme of “Slavery and Justice” in recent Brown University review, [4] “Master Poets of Apartheid Streets: Perpetual Resistance against de jure and de facto Segregation” is the formal and precise embouchure as Critical Realism which legislates as antidote to pernicious social, economic and educational racism: the aesthetic stance of this seminar is “An Integer Is a Whole Number.” Through close attention to the conventions of poetry as praxis by these four master poets, in social context, the modality of this study is poetic discourse (what Frederick Douglass called “a sacred effort” in Douglass’ description of President A. Lincoln’s ‘Second Inaugural.’ Peripheral insights will be provided by Brown University researchers of the past: Charles H. Nichols, Winthrop Jordan, Richard Slotkin, in their three dissertations, and James R. Patterson’s most recent book on “Brown v. Board of Education.”

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