Thursday, March 5, 2009

Liverpool diplomas are "rubbish"

A rock band, a boy band, a commercial enterprise - whatever you want to call the Beatles, they shouldn't be the subject of your master's degree.
LONDON (Reuters) – A university in Liverpool has launched a Master of Arts degree in The Beatles, the city's most famous sons, and called the qualification the first of its kind.

Liverpool Hope University says on its website that the course entitled "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society" consists of four 12-week taught modules and a dissertation.

"There have been over 8,000 books about The Beatles but there has never been serious academic study and that is what we are going to address," said Mike Brocken, senior lecturer in popular music at Hope.
I would love to understand the socio-romantic implications of this gem:

Oh please, say to me
You'll let me be your man
And please, say to me
You'll let me hold your hand

"This MA is expected to attract a great deal of attention, not just locally but nationally and we have already had enquiries from abroad, particularly the United States."
Yes, of course. America leads the world in producing college graduates without a lick of workable experience. May as well let people get a degree by listening to records all day.

Just out of curiousity, I checked the quasi-reliable Wikipedia to learn a little more about the university:
Academic reputation

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, work from Liverpool Hope University in the theology and social work departments achieved the seconded highest grade, 4*. Some work in computer science, psychology, education, music, and English was graded 3*.
So basically, their two best courses will be Religion 201: Monotheism in the 19th Century and Beatles 352: The Impact of the White Album on the Cold War.