Almost Done!

Saturday, February 28, 2009
I only have two weeks left in my last required course from the "leadership" catalog in my degree program. I'm glad, of course. Aside from the presence of the champion asshat in this class, the entire thing was just supremely boring. I've had to force myself to do the work in order to maintain my GPA, and the SmartMan is pretty fucking tired of hearing me complain about it, bless his heart.

I still have the final project to complete and turn in, but that little piece of dumbassery will require its own blog entry.

In the meantime, registration for the Spring quarter is open, and I've decided to take Social Services in America. From the catalog:
Societies organize to provide essential social services. This course focuses on the arrangements for basic social services in American society: education, healthcare, income, transportation, and housing. The role of government and private providers is explored in the context of the public policy that supports and maintains these services. Various methods and criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of these services will be introduced, such as who will be served, access to services, and satisfaction of the people being served.
I'm looking forward to this class, as I've enjoyed all of the courses I've taken from the Public Policy and Social Services catalog thus far. I know the study of public policy and social services is incredibly boring to many people, but I find it endlessly fascinating.

I only have one more class in my degree program that I'm really not interested in, and then everything else will be a pleasure. I could have taken the "chore" class this quarter and gotten it over with, but I feel like I needed a treat after slogging through yet another course on "Leadership." And Social Services in America is a treat. At least for me.

4 comments:

vince said...

When you have to take classes for any reason, those that address fascinating subjects (assuming both an excellent teacher and excellent materials) are always the best. This type of class would not be my cup of tea, but then I run to poly sci, math, physics, philosophy, history and computer science.

My daughter is quite smart, but thinks her dad is slightly crazy, because on more than one occasion I've said that if I ever came into a lot of money, I would use much of it to go back to college and take courses in subjects I like. Degrees would be optional.

Jim Wright said...

What Vince said, with the added sarcastic caveat "Oh, that sounds exciting ::eyeroll::

Steve Buchheit said...

Oh yeah, I think plenty of us would do that, Vince. I know I would. Actually, yeah, I would.

And I know this doesn't count in your case, Janiece, but for the kiddos who don't have the life experience, some of those "non-major" courses will end up being the most important courses you take.

Janiece Murphy said...

Hmm...learning!