This semester, I signed up for a class called "Peace and War in the Nuclear Age."
I thought it might have something to do with the Korean War, the Cold War, De-colonization, Vietnam, maybe the wars in the Middle East, maybe something to do with Cuba.
But it's a class about "Terrorism," instead. A bogus class, if you ask me, with no underlying themes and tons of lame propaganda. We have wasted time assessing pre-9/11 NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) threats from State and Non-State actors (read: Iran and Al-Qaeda.) Does that even make sense? Our text, you see, is from 1998, but students are consumed with modern political posturing over Iran and radikal muzlims.
The students in the class have practically no understanding of the term "Foreign policy," have hardly any background in world history, and an extremely neo-conservative arrogance about "spreading democracy." One student recently "informed" me that Jimmy Carter was responsible for the "Islamic Revolution" in Iran.
Overall, everytime I try to do work for this class I find that I get angry so that I'm seeing red, my blood pressure rises and I start to cry. It's so frustrtating. So I haven't done any work for the class in about two weeks, just due to the sheer frustration of dealing with my classmates. On top of that, I find the instructor to be utterly useless, dictating assignments from on high with no feedback or communication with students (and being an online class... how difficult is it for him to email once in a while?) I find that for students who already had preconceived notions about terrorism, this class confirms it for them. For students with an open mind, the class might, if they are looking closely, expose them to double standards from the American government.
But for my part, I am really just fed up with the class, with the students, with the instructor, and with the retarded assignments which offer nothing in the way of learning or thinking. The one interesting thing about the class is we have to write a research paper. Although, we can write it about almost anything we want--as long as we tie it back to terrorism in one form or another.
I still haven't picked a topic, though. Any ideas?