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With winter midterms quickly approaching, it's normal for everyone to have school on their mind. Accompanied with the winter semester, there comes the inevitable signing up for next years courses. While not everyone is into bird courses, no can deny the fun that comes with studying an interesting/unique subject. And if you're stuck on what to take, there are plenty on options to choose from, like these gems.
The History Of Satan
Everything you needed to know about your good friend Lucifer is available right at your fingertips. The history of Satan teaches its students all about the portrayal of the Devil in Christianity and Judaism, focusing on the Devil's origins, manifestations and how he has affected us from the Middle Ages to today. The course is taught by religion professor Maria Mamfredis, who is a part-time faculty member, however her reviews claim her as being passionate and knowledgeable about the subject.
The Art Of Cool
Yes, there is actually a course at Concordia that talks about the art of being “cool”. Funnily enough, the course taught by the Narycicst ( or Yasim Aslaman), a Montreal MC and journalist. The material doesn’t exactly teach you to be cool, however, they do talk about the concept as a whole, and how society/the media has perceived and perpetuated "coolness." This class is available on a semester by semester basis, so make sure to check out the course code next time you are signing up for your classes.
Puppetry and Performing Object Workshop
Unfortunately you need to have fifteen credits in the theatre department to take this course, but it is available. You can in fact take a whole three credits dedicated to puppets. You'll learn the history of puppetry and puppetry theories before you are able to build your own puppet and perform a short scene.
Witchcraft, Magic and Religion
If you’re interested in taking a religion class with a fresh perspective, then this is the course for you. Witchcraft, Magic and Religion is taught to show its student a perspective of history that is not normally illuminated, discussing practices in magic and witchcraft from indigenous cultures and how they relate to them. This course is taught by Maria Mamfredis (previously mentioned in the history of satan) or Cimminnee Holt, another expert in religious studies and the church of Satan.
Intro To Sexuality Research
(INTE275) OR (FASS291)
Like the title suggests, this course delves into the question of human sexuality. Topical sexual issues such as identity, values, representation, pornography and censorship. Yes, you do review sexually explicit material, such as pornographic photos and films, however it is from a purely academic perspective. The professors change from year to year, so if you’re planning on taking the class be prepared for anything.
Hip Hop - Past, Present, Future
Brought to you by the same professor who teaches “The Art Of Cool”, the Narycicst also enlightens students about Hip Hop. Aslaman specifically says this subject is “not to be confused with a history of Hip Hop course” rather, it is a place to explore contemporary issues surrounding Hip Hop, with a historical context in mind. If you’re interested in learning more about Aslaman’s take on the course, check out his dope tumblr page which he uses instead of the Moodle.
When Good Kids Go Bad
Okay, the course title sounds a tad bit like an after school special, however the content appears to be pretty engaging. "When Good Kids Go Bad" describes behaviours in infants, children, and adolescences that range from mildly problematic to immensely dangerous as well as the signs and patterns to look out for. The prof, Abe Worenklein is known for his fresh teaching style and humorous demeanour which make this course a breeze to sit through and get a good grade in!