By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Queen’s University in Belfast is starting Britain’s first Jedi course – but they are quick to stress that lightsabers are not provided. That’s lame right away – what kind of a Jedi doesn’t have a lightsaber? That’s like Dirty Harry without his .44 Magnum.
The course is called ‘Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way’ and it is a one day course costing 23 British pounds ($40). For that money, you’ll be taught the following :
- Real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks.
- Wider issues behind the Star Wars universe, like balance, destiny, dualism, fatherhood and fascism.
- Grocery store day management
- How to start a church
(OK, I made the last two up!)
The course leader, Allen Baird said :
“I suppose the parallel is with the Scout Movement’s use of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.
“It doesn’t mean that one has to believe that the stories are true, but they can be used as a teaching aid. I am trying to find a platform through popular culture to bring people back to learning.”
Star Wars Jedi Knights course offered by Queen’s University Belfast– Daily Telegraph