Rocks for Jocks, etc. (UNCLASSIFIED)

Baker, John M. JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Mon Apr 26 18:25:47 UTC 2010

        "Darkness at Noon" presumably is a reference to the Arthur
Koestler novel of that name, a popular choice in undergraduate courses.
"Nuts and Sluts" is a nickname for Abnormal Psychology.  Unlike "Rocks
for Jocks," I don't understand either of these necessarily to imply a
crip course.

John Baker

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>From a recent P. J. O'Rourke essay:

" We sit once more packed into the vast, dreary confines of a freshman
survey course-"Rocks for Jocks," "Nuts and Sluts," "Darkness at Noon." "

I recognize "Rocks for Jocks" as a derisive name for Geology 101 in the
form of a crip course which would be an easy elective "A".  But I don't
get the other references.  Context would seem to indicate that they,
too, are crip courses.  What are they?

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