Starting in the Fall 2017 semester, it will now be mandatory for all students hoping for a major or minor in Sociology to take a course examining the sociological artifact known as the Teen Drama.
All students will be required to sit through Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes in which they will watch several hours of The OC, Gossip Girl, and Dawson’s Creek. An alternate course, tentatively named Canadian Teen Drama, will begin in Winter 2018 in which students will be made to watch every season of Degrassi ever made – including that one that wasn’t good enough for network TV and is now airing on Netflix.
By way of assignments, students will be required to submit a 40 page paper by the end of the term, analyzing how “angsty” all of these teenagers are or who they think Marissa Cooper, Blair Waldorf, and/or Joey Potter should have ended up with. As always, alternate topics may be suggested, but the professor of this new Teen Drama course is very set in her options.
“I think it’s extremely important that students figure out why all of these teenagers are always so angsty,” says Professor Caroline Winterbottom, who will begin teaching at UNBSJ in the Fall, “and it’s even more important to formulate opinions on the relationships within these artifacts. Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer – unless you think Joey should have ended up with Dawson. That will earn you an automatic fail.”
Professor Winterbottom, who insists her students call her C.W., is eager to begin her work at UNBSJ. She hopes to offer courses such as Vampire Shows 101, A History of the Gilmore Girls, and Teen Rom-Com in the future.
The Sociology Department feels that it is very important for students to subject themselves to hours upon hours of these television programs, and are eager to see the results.