The University of Victoria currently offers one of the 'coolest classes' in Canada

B.C. universities contain some of the ‘coolest classes in Canada’

A Huffington Post report honours the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and Emily Carr in its latest post-secondary ranking...

A couple of B.C. universities offer students the ‘coolest classes’ in Canada, according to a new list compiled by the Huffington Post.

The University of Victoria’s ‘History of Video Games and Interactive Media‘ made the grade – pun intended. It’s an undergraduate course offered in UVic’s Faculty of Fine Arts, a “lecture/discussion course will explore the global intersection of technology, society, the entertainment industry and the creative arts through a study of the evolution of video games and gaming culture,” according to the school’s website.

The course’s final assignment is a 1000-2000 word review on a specific video game, “any video game or interactive media you like, ideally one that you have played for at least four hours, or preferably to completion.”

But it’s not all fun and carpel tunnel. The class outline says focus will also be placed on “social controversies” including race, gender, and economic issues in the video gaming world.

Simon Fraser University’s ‘Logarithm and Blues‘ was also selected among the chosen coolest – “music and physics, together at least,” writes the HuffPo. (The program is available in the school’s Department of Physics, believe it or not.)

From the class outline:

“An exploration of the production, propagation and perception of sound and music from an interdisciplinary perspective. The viewpoints of a professional musician and a physicist will be presented and compared. Topics include elementary acoustics, instrument characteristics, reproduction technologies, tonal anomalies and perception.”

Finally, Emily Carr University of Art and Design (in Vancouver) placed for its Art History class titled ‘Studies in Global Modernisms with a focus on Piracy‘.

That’s not just piracy pertaining to the way you watch Game of Thrones without an HBO subscription, but also the real high-seas piracy you know from those Johnny Depp movies and Captain Phillips.

“Beginning with maritime piracy in the 18th century, and moving through pirate radio, digital piracy, and contemporary maritime piracy in the Gulf of Aden, the course will consider how artists from various geographies address notions of property, nationhood, collectivity, and violence in an age of globalization.”

Personally, and I’m completely biased here but, I’d give the nod to my alma mater in London – the University of Western Ontario, or Western University as they now insist on calling themselves – for their English course titled ‘The Many Faces of Harry Potter‘.

The class “examines the Harry Potter series in relation to the gothic novel, detective fiction, fantasy, adventure, and even the dystopian novel.”

Required reading for the course includes, you guessed it, the entire series from J.K. Rolwing.

The outline continues: “We will read all seven books alongside other novels and short stories that illustrate the generic conventions Rowling is working with.”

I can also assure that wasn’t available when I went there, or I’d know a lot more about it. (And I’m not sure I would taken English Poetry to fulfill my Arts credit, either.)

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey city council moving to virtual meetings

For public hearings, people can register to speak via telephone

‘An extra $220 every 90 days’: B.C. patients pay more dispensing fees due to prescription limits

The Kelowna woman says it’s outrageous to charge for refills every 30 days

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock, Delta and beyond

APRIL 4: Two people in Delta fined for trying to re-sell N95 masks

Man injured in reported stabbing near Surrey SkyTrain station

Incident happened around 9 p.m. Friday night

PHOTOS: The day 28,000 Lollapalooza-goers rocked Cloverdale in 1994

Fans share memories of drugs, bad Smashing Pumpkins, Nick Cave walk-off and ‘letdown’ of Surrey date

‘Hold our line’: 29 new cases of COVID-19 announced in B.C.

Saturday’s number of new cases marks the lowest in weeks.

B.C. community service provider hosts friendly art competition for youth

Theme for Pacific Community Resources contest is ‘finding the silver lining in difficult times’

Critic, workers’ group ‘disappointed’ Trudeau chose Amazon to distribute PPE

Amazon Canada said in an email to The Canadian Press that it is working with Canada Post, Purolator

Full World COVID-19 update: National Guard collect ventilators in New York; Spain, Italy improve

Comprehensive coronavirus update with news from around the world.

TransLink to reduce service on some bus routes, SeaBus, West Coast Express

Changes start April 6 ‘due to low ridership and financial pressures’ amid COVID-19

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

Most Read