UK University Helps Students Learn Ways of the Jedi

Prof explores 'wider issues behind the Star Wars universe;' light saber not included
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2008 7:57 PM CDT
"Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way" teaches the "real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks," the Telegraph reports.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The force will now be with university students: Queen’s University in Belfast is offering a new course on Jedi knights that it hopes will impart universal lessons to students, be they fans of Star Wars or not, the Telegraph reports. The one-day class, entitled “Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way,” promises to teach “real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks.”

For $40, students can explore the films’ wider issues “like balance, destiny, dualism, fatherhood and fascism.” The course’s instructor said the class isn’t just to indulge sci-fi geeks: It’s also “about the sociological and political issues that are addressed in the films. I am trying to find a platform through popular culture to bring people back to learning.”