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Course Descriptions for The Institute for PostApocology

Note: As a new institution, the Institute for PostApocology's noncredit courses are still in development, with an expectation of formal availability in Fall of 2008. Full accreditation seems unlikely until 2009 or later.

Through a multi-disciplinary format, courses at the Institute range over a variety of topics, from the Seven Vectors of Humor to Fluid Dynamics in Continuous Mechanical Systems. We aim to provide students with a vast selection of learning opportunities in PostApocology Studies.

A full curricular catalogue will be available soon, with an emphasis on Earth, Climate and Biology studies as they pertain to PostApocalypse analysis; in the the meantime, below is a sample of some of the newer Liberal Arts courses that we intend to offer.


P147 -- Climax Theory (1 cr)
Instructor: James

Climax theory postulates a solipsistic vision that all deaths are a personal Apocalypse for the individual, and that any concerns for the larger, macro-Apocalypse are no more than an act of projection or anthromanticizing (see course P214). It raises the question: Does anyone even exist - save for the person asking the question. Even that, some argue, is debatable. In this course, we'll also study the alimentary cana,l as arguably, this "climax" theory is based on the biomatrix of digestion even more than ejaculation/orgasm reproductive reflex. Finally, we'll rigorously investigate the relationship between the words "climax" and "climate," exploring their shared - and not so shared - etymology roots. PostApocalypse Studies to be integrated throughout.

P221 -- Dynamic Ecosystems and Life Choices (3 cr)
Instructor: James and Mike

Dr. Eric Nolan's "twenty predictions," given as near-prophecy at the end of his course on Dynamic Ecosystems in the early 1980s, are analyzed as "precursor PostApocalypse thought" by Mike and James. Eleven of the his predictions have manifested, as of 2007. What are the implications of his dictum, "If [these] happen in your lifetime, it's time to do the things you were meant to do, because you won't have much time left to do them"?

P 206 -- Trauma metabolizing through performance vectors (1 cr)
Instructor: James

This course, a rare partnership between the Psychology and Theater Departments, offers students a variety of ways of physically manifesting various rituals as a means of metabolizing trauma. For example, students will be required to fly model planes into each other, to mimic the 911 tragedy. Also, faux cannibalism, ostensible warfare and "corpse position" are some of the course activities where students use performance art vectors to sublimate grief, trauma and anxiety. Note: A signed waiver is necessary for this class.

P 214 -- Anthromanticizing the Apocalypse (2 cr)
Instructor: James

What happens on a global scale when literally hundreds of millions of people become swept up in the largest drama imaginable - that of the fate of the earth. Most anthropologists agree that weather and the forces of the earth were the original grist for the story-telling mill. Shadow puppets, dance, cave paintings: all media in prehistory grappled with dramatic weather occurrences, whether to sublimate or elevate or simply to try and understand. The Mother of all Weather Drama, then, is most assuredly the Apocalypse. What's the impact on the collective consciousness? How will this be exploited? Can narrative vectors in fact be used to help transform consciousness. Note: Students with a background in the works of Terrence McKenna and the like are highly encouraged to take this course.

P 424 -- The Future of Confuturism (2 cr)
Instructor: Mike

Survey course of current scholarship on the subject, including ground-breaking articles such as "What Would Hegel Eat: Hand, Bicep, or Elbow?" (Journal of Self-Cannibalism, November 2007), "Optimism is Optimystic" (The Third Eye, July 2006), and Mike's upcoming book Thesis/Antithesis/Synthesis: From Hegel to Martin (Institute for PostApocology Press, forthcoming)


T101 -- Funlosophy (1 cr)
Instructor: Mike

The Seven Humor Vectors - Irony, Sarcasm, Metonymy, Pun, Satire, Metaphor, and Deadpan - are studied in depth. Those interested in Asides, Wisecracks and the like may find courses available by 2010. Note: Blue Humor, Ridicule and Slapstick may become available as a correspondence course through the KissMyAsspocalypse site; negotiations ongoing.

T 202 -- Comedy Improv (1 cr)
Instructor: Mike

This classic course in comedy improv is given the Institute "twist" as subject matter is themed along PostApoc vectors. For example, the "What are you doing?" game is posited in a PostApoc scenario ("I am burying my newly-dead friend while trying to avoid catching his leprosy") or the Avante Garde musical improv game is based on a PostApoc document such as A Boy and His Dog, Ridley Walker or Children of Men.


Comp Lit 403 -- Literature and the PostApocalypse (2 cr)
Instructors: James and Mike

Together, the founders of the Institute provide a survey course of the best PostApocalyptic literature, focusing on authors like Russell Hoban, John Wyndham, Cormac McCarthy, Vernor Vinge, Cory Doctorow, and others. Of special interest is Mary Shelley's The Last Man, published in 1826. Note: Available through correspondence

Comp Lit 405 -- Film and the PostApocalypse (2 cr)
Instructors: James and Mike

Together, the founders of the Institute provide a survey course of the best PostApocalyptic film, including such well known titles as When Worlds Collide, The War of the Worlds (comparison of both versions), On the Beach, The Birds, A Boy and His Dog, The Day After, Deep Impact, The Matrix (series), Hellboy, Dr. Strangelove, and Children of Men. Note: Available through correspondence.

Courses currently in development:
  • Dick, revisited: How Philip K. Dick's oeuvre has been consistently misinterpreted by popular culture
  • The rise and fall of Apocalypso music
  • The completion of the thirteenth b'ak'tun cycle in Mayan cosmology. The 12/21/12 winter solstice will take place at 11:11:32; What Happens Next?
  • Confuturism v. conflationism (v. confluentialism): exploring frameworks for future studies in relation to PostApocalypse models. A seminar.
  • Global consciousness shift; pertaining to the variety of predictions surrounding 12/21/12.
  • Soil salinization, acidification, desertification: can mycoremediation save the day?
  • New approaches to methane capping strategies on an animal-to-animal basis. Can the individual "fart-trap" be cost-effective enough to justify? A survey of current thought.
  • Quo PostApocology? Confronting the absence of recognition of likely Scenarios: popular culture, news, blogosphere,, digital communities, and other likely communication vectors.
  • Self-cannibalism: how to eat non-essential bodyparts to survive in an extreme scenario.

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