No wonder Americans are losing faith in universities! Berkeley Offers $40,000-a-Year Course on How to Play VIDEO GAMES

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One of the most prestigious universities in the country is offering a course on video games as part of an impressive $40,000-a-year curriculum.

The University of California (UC), Berkeley, will launch a course on ‘The Art of Fighting Games’, which aims to upskill students in video games for its Spring 2024 curriculum.

The class will focus on the Japanese video game, ‘Street Fighter III 3rd Strike,’ with assignments consisting of students recording themselves playing the game, according to the class syllabus.

University of California Berkeley Offers Course on 'The Art of Fighting Games'

University of California Berkeley Offers Course on ‘The Art of Fighting Games’

No prerequisites are required and students will not be graded based on performance.

UC Berkeley calls the class an “introduction to fighting games, aimed at people with fewer than 100 hours in the genre,” but the university does not explain how the class could help students enter and succeed in life afterward. of the University.

Registration continues until January 24 and the university has encouraged students to sign up saying: ‘All you need is the willingness to learn and fail!’

The university goes on to explain that students will be graded based on their “enthusiasm, commitment to improvement, and effort on course assignments.”

Classes are divided into two 90-minute segments, beginning with a lecture and ending with a lab that discusses Japanese stereotypes in character design, the origins of Japanese and American interactions, and the “social economics behind design decisions.” and Japanese work culture. media industry,” according to the curriculum.

The university appears to validate the course by saying that it is “designed to serve as a gateway to understanding modern Japanese culture and will offer students a way to interact with Japanese history and even the Japanese language.”

Students must play the video game against each other in a Swiss-style tournament.

Students must play the video game against each other in a Swiss-style tournament.

'The Art of Fighting Games' syllabus says it will focus on Japanese arcade and gaming culture

‘The Art of Fighting Games’ syllabus says it will focus on Japanese arcade and gaming culture

UC Berkeley claims that students

UC Berkeley claims students “will be more proficient in the fundamentals of a fighting game”

For the exams, students will fight each other in a ‘Swiss-style tournament’ of the game Street Fighter and must save the replay, give a presentation on the player’s background, and analyze the fighting style they used during the competition.

“By the end of this course, you will master the fundamentals of a fighting game and have more knowledge about the genre in general,” the course site reads.

The site went on to explain that this “in addition to having a more informed understanding of how modern Japan’s media culture emerged.”

Some colleges are now adding classes that focus on topics like Taylor Swift, which could take away from the prestige of having a college degree.

The new UC Berkeley class comes as reports show that college students are not learning the same way they were before the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the answer may be for teachers to focus on learning the material rather than focusing on typical grading methods.

“When classes are structured as learning laboratories… and students are not penalized for exploring new methods, making mistakes, asking questions or admitting failures, they become more creative and self-directed,” said Gerald E. Knesek, senior lecturer in the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management, wrote in a 2022 Harvard business op-ed.

“They seem to open up and thrive when asked to write one-page reflections and implications papers about what concepts or materials mean to them,” he said.

Knesek went on to explain that he applied this grading style in his own classes and found that “…students seem to have fun while working on class exercises and engaging in active discussions related to the topic presented.”

Knesek said he believes this type of teaching will restore students’ love of learning and said, “It is time for the entire education system to begin reexamining our current grading paradigm.”

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