Fun Classes You Can Take At McGill University Summer 2015

Summer school doesn't have to be boring.
Fun Classes You Can Take At McGill University Summer 2015

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So, you're taking a summer class. While the entire concept of summer school kind of sucks, it doesn't mean that your summer has to be completely awful. McGill has plenty of summer classes up for grabs this year that are actually pretty interesting, and in the case of a few of them, fairly easy. Just make sure you sign up soon because most of these are filling up fast.

1. Greek Mythology (CLAS 203)

For anyone that’s into history and the classics, or just likes hearing tales of Gods and heroes, this course is for you. Every class is like story time and you get to learn about all of the important figures of Greek mythology. It also doesn’t hurt that the exams aren’t exactly difficult.

2. Art of Listening (MUAR 211)

A McGill classic. Art of Listening will probably be your favourite class that you take during your entire McGill career, even if you don’t consider yourself a classical music fan. Professor Jerry Cain is the actual best and he gives you fairly detailed class notes and study guides for all of the tests and exams. The material itself is actually pretty interesting, so it’s a good option all around for anyone looking to fill an elective.

3. Deviance (SOCI 377)

If your interests lie in sociology, crime and deviant behaviour then this course if for you. You get to experience a sociological study of deviance including the societal reactions, and correctional and casual approaches to deviance. You’ll also get to take a look at the creation of societal norms and what constitutes a violation of them.

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4. Popular Music After 1945 (MUAR 392)

Another fun music elective, this class looks at music trends from 1945 until present day, covering everything from Duke Ellington to Madonna to Smashing Pumpkins. You know it’s going to be a good class when you can listen to “Papa Don’t Preach” and call it studying. The class focuses on the music itself and also look at the cultural and historical aspects that influenced it.

5. Bible and Western Culture (RELG 203)

Even if you have no previous experience with the Bible or religion in general, you can still take this class and do well. The course takes a look at the different books of the Bible and the historical connections that they have. Whether you’re the biggest religions skeptic or a bible thumping devotee, you’ll definitely be able to learn something new.

6. Television in Society (SOCI 318)

Everyone loves TV, so why not get some credit for it. In this class you’ll get to take a look at TV reporting, the differences in French vs. English outlooks, and the portrayal of women on TV. Who knows, you might come out of it with a forever-changed opinion of television.

7. Foundations of Programming (COMP 202)

Have you ever considered trying to learn how computer programs actually work, or at the very least wanted to be able to understand basic coding? Then this class is for you. It’s aimed at students who have little to no previous knowledge of computer science, but you have to be willing to put some time and effort into understanding it and figuring out the assignments. All in all, it's pretty interesting and totally worth the effort.

8. Beginner Language Classes

Summer’s a great time to try something new, so why not try learning a new language? McGill has quite a few options on offer this summer so you can try you hand at French (FRSL 105), Italian (ITAL 206), or even Japanese (EAST 240). Bonus: if you do well enough, those basic language skills will be resumeable.

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9. Medical Anthropology (ANTH 227)

We're all pretty familiar with how medicine in North America works, but if you've ever wanted to know how it compares to, say, China or Haiti, then this is your chance. The class takes an anthropological survey of pain, illness, and healing, and the local and global cultural processes involved with that. It's some pretty interesting material if you're into medicine or anthropology.