The spoof:

As you know, it is wildly popular to find new “literatures” to make up incredibly easy-to-teach courses that let you lecture on “cruise control” while you spend your time preparing for far-off academic conferences …

And it’ll be easy. All you’ll need to do is apply proven, cookie-cutter syllabus-crafting concepts and you’ll have your very own “critical thinking” course where students come in as familiar with the course subject as the instructor ….


“Learning from YouTube” was created by Alexandra Juhasz, media studies professor at Pitzer College, to examine the potentials and pitfalls of the digital age through YouTube, the Claremont (Calif.) Courier reported.

“It’s a serious class where we think critically about the daily culture and questions about a variety of issues as well as aspects of community and debate,” Juhasz said.