The sack of Rome by Visigoths in CE 410 was an event recieved throughout the Roman world as the end of civilization. In subsequent centuries, the adjective “Gothic” became a “floating signifier,” a term of abuse or praise denoting everything from an exquisite style of high medieval art and architecture to the macabre novels of the 18th and 19th centuries to a contemporary form of youth culture adopting dark, satanic or apocalyptic themes. We will explore Goth’s cultural identity as it was formed in reaction to and emulation of roman values and ideals, and how that identity was transformed through time.I don't quite know how I feel about this class being offered. Of course, if I had thought to take a picture of the coursebook your worries and mine might be assuaged a little. Why? That damn book was thick enough to beat gophers to death with (if you were planning on beating gophers to death and didn't feel like dirtying your spade, that is!) Why does that matter? Well, it means that the school can afford to offer a vast wealth of classes and, chances are, fewer students would take a class just to fill the credit, especially for one as specific as this. Then, perhaps, you could meet some people actually interested in the subject.
Of course, the implication of the course is that someone, somewhere (meaning the professor of this course) is teaching their students that modern Goth culture is related to Satanism. Now, while there is nothing wrong with Satanism, most Goths and Satanists would agree that the two groups of people are not related, though some individuals might belong to both circles. If the professor were open for discussion and allowed the students a chance to participate and dispel some rumors, that would probably be very excellent. After all, first hand testimony can have a big impact on some people's feelings about certain groups. Not that it will necessarily, but it certainly can.
Personally, I would find the information fascinating and I might not mind playing the class's pet Goth to prod with questions for a little while. However, I might tire of it eventually simply because I want to learn in a college class, not spread my own knowledge. Maybe I'll feel differently when I have a bit of credibility to me (which hopefully becoming a college junior will give me) but I wouldn't hold my breath.
So, gentle reader, would you take this class?