Occupy College Campuses


Unbelievable.

If the Occupy crowd wants to know why they are graduating with mountains of debt and no viable job options to pay it down, they have to look no further than their own existence:

Occupy Wall Street is becoming a teachable moment for New York City college students.

New York University plans to offer two classes next semester on the protest movement, whose participants frequently marched and rallied around the school’s Greenwich Village campus this fall.

The for-credit undergraduate class, offered through the university’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, examines economy and culture. The class has a rotating focus, and for the coming semester, it will be called “Why Occupy Wall Street? The History and Politics of Debt and Finance.”

I bet employers all over the nation are looking to hire kids with THAT on their resume.

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2 comments
  1. Well, resumes don’t usually list courses taken. Still, as a political scientist I can see a lot that one can study in looking at OWS and political activism in general. It’s smart to connect what students are involved in and interested in with course work, that usually gets students more dedicated and willing to work. If I had time I’d consider offering a topics course like that; I do think understanding the political economy and financial system in the US is really important, but most people don’t take the time to learn about it. That leads to easy political manipulation by forces that appeal to ideological biases left and right.

    • pino said:

      Well, resumes don’t usually list courses taken. Still, as a political scientist I can see a lot that one can study in looking at OWS and political activism in general.

      I value well-roundedness in people. I think it’s important to have a diverse background. However, if I am hiring for genetic engineers, I do not hire people from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.

      I should look up the top 10 best paid majors and then compare that to the top 10 graduated majors. Scott, maybe you have that information?

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