Course Inspiration: What Have You Been Watching?

Students shared shows they streamed in 2020, and we identified some courses to match.

Over the past year, many of us spent a lot of time indoors consuming a variety of TV shows, movies, and videos on social media platforms (we’re looking at you, TikTok!). We recently checked in with the Wilfrid Laurier University community on Instagram and asked: what have you been watching?

Thanks to our wonderful community, we received 173 submissions, with the majority coming from our students! Because of your enthusiasm, we thought it would be fun to connect your replies to the excellent variety of courses that Laurier offers. Check out some of our recommendations below.

What was Binge-Worthy in 2020?

One thing is for sure: 2020 was peak TV-watching season. We thought we’d see more movies and YouTube-specific content, but 99% of your replies included TV shows.

Some interesting themes emerged, too: nostalgic comedies, new-age comedies, coming-of-age stories, and the hit dramas were among your most-watched genres in 2020.

Friends and The Office were the top comedies, but Schitt’s Creek, How I Met Your Mother, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn 99, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were also crowd favourites. Some popular drama submissions not mentioned below include Grey’s Anatomy, Game of Thrones, Money Heist, Outlander, and Orange is the New Black.

Spreading the Laurier Love: Course Ideas

This was a fun way to showcase the range of interesting and challenging courses offered at Laurier. If you’re looking to pick a course, remember that some of these courses will require prerequisites, may only be available online, or be program- or campus-specific. Check with an academic advisor if you’re unsure or need help determining if a course fits into your program.

You may be able to find some interesting course picks for the coming spring semester, or add some pizzazz to your fall or winter schedules.

We hope our list inspires you to try new courses or simply provides ideas for the next show to snuggle up on the couch with. And, just in time for award season, we present to you:

"Dundie Award" from The Office television show

Netflix

The Queen’s Gambit

  • Philosophy – PP204: Formal logic
  • Philosophy – PP233: Philosophy of Sex, Love and Friendship
  • History – HI206: Russia from Communist Revolution to Soviet Collapse, 1917-1991
  • Economics – EC120: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Game Design and Development – DD101: Critical Play

Game theory, anyone?

House of Cards

  • Political Science – PO225 I: The Polarization of American Politics
  • Political Science – PO226 US Government II: The Dysfunction of the American Political Process

Time to break the fourth wall, and pound your ring on the desk.

Netflix

CW Network

Gossip Girl

  • Anthropology – AN110: Money Makes the World Go Around
  • Communication Studies – CS325: Digital Media and Culture
  • Communication Studies – CS371: Social Media and Social Life

XOXO.

The Crown

  • Political Science – PO235: Big Debates in Political Thought: Class, Power, and Identity
  • History – HI217: British Politics and Society 1485-1714
  • History – HI218: The Making of Modern Britain: 1688 to the Present

The tea on the royal family is still hot!

Netflix

CW Network

Vampire Diaries

  • Sociology – SY201: Sociology of Families
  • English – EN286: Young Adult Fiction

Did you know the show is based on a series of books?

Friends

  • Cultural Studies – KS203: Popular Culture and Ideology
  • Anthropology – AN241: City Life and Urban Space
  • Anthropology – AN341: Kinship, Marriage and Gender
  • Music – MU295G: Class Guitar

Smelly Cat, Smel-ly Cat, what are they feeding you?

NBC

NBC

The Office

  • Labour Studies and Career Development – WORK100: The Future of Work
  • Cultural Studies – KS100: Studying Popular Culture
  • Business – BU354: Human Resource Management

(You know how Michael feels about HR.)

Upload

  • Business Technology Management – MB115: Information Technology
  • Christian Studies and Global Citizenship – GC378: Death, Dying and Leonard Cohen
  • Geography – GG272: Sex, Death and the City: Population Geography
  • Computer Science – CP104: Introduction to Programming

Anxious for season two to drop? They started filming at the end of January!

Amazon Prime Video

HBO

Euphoria

  • Human Rights and Human Diversity – HR372: Sexual Minorities and Human Rights
  • History – HI381: American Culture and Society since the Second World War
  • Criminology – CC401: Deviance and Diversity
  • Sociology – SY218: Constructions of Deviance

Glittery Euphoria-inspired makeup tutorials, anyone?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

  • Anthropology – AN322: Religion, Ritual and Magic
  • Cultural Studies – KS205: Cartoons and Comics
  • Religion and Culture – RE106: Religion and Visual Culture

Have you been catching the pop culture Easter eggs?

Netflix

USA Network

Suits

  • Criminology – CC311: Crime, Media and the Law
  • Anthropology – AN 243: Law, Culture and Society
  • Business – BU231: Business Law

We suggest you get a law degree before practicing law.

Gilmore Girls

  • English – EN207: Comic Drama
  • Digital Media and Journalism – DMJN101: Reporting and Writing for the News
  • Digital Media and Journalism – DMJN214: Politics, Advocacy and Journalism
  • Media Studies – MX207: Journalism and Democracy

We wish there was a Troubadour class from the Faculty of Music, TBH.

The WB

ABC

Twin Peaks

  • Film Studies – FS 361: Horror and Gothic Film
  • Film Studies – FS252: Film Noir
  • Criminology – CC210: Psychology of Crime
  • English – EN249: Mystery and Crime Fiction

If you haven't already, go back and watch the original series before season three.

Editor’s Recommendation: The Boys

Did you know that it’s filmed in Toronto? If you’re interested in The Boys, we suggest taking:

  • Religion and Culture – RE104: Evil and its Symbols
  • Cultural Studies – KS205: Cartoons and Comics
  • Christian Studies and Global Citizenship – GC275: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Judaism, and Judeophobia
  • English – EN203: Tragic Drama

We can’t believe we didn’t get this as an answer!

Amazon Prime Video

Check out the academic calendar to plan ahead for future terms and make your own connections. To see more answers, check out our "Courses" highlight reel on the @wilfridlaurieruni Instagram account.

Have another idea like this you want to see brought to life on social media or in a news story? Email socialmedia@wlu.ca.