The UK's first Jedi course teaching personal development through a Star Wars syllabus will open to students at Queen's University in Belfast from November. According to its publicity material, the course, Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way, teaches the real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks. It also claims to examine the wider issues behind the Star Wars universe, like balance, destiny, dualism, fatherhood and fascism. The university says it hopes to attract young Star Wars fans and introduce them to education through open learning. No prior qualifications are required and the blurb informs students that light sabres are not provided.
Wow. Now whereas i can understand some of the universities perspective with regards to the application of Jedi philosophy to our current real world predicament - and this course will definitely improve the enrollment of Geeks in the University for sure - but does the University really believe that this course is adding any practical value to peoples lives?
Well - considering you can get an undergraduate degree in Surfing these days - i guess universities may have slightly moved beyond the realm of "lets actually teach these students something that will help them in life".
Unless of course - you just really love Star Wars, in which case this course will make you really really happy - which I guess has improved the quality of your life (and if you love star wars THAT much - maybe that's not such a bad thing).