I'm wondering which subjects aren't as well recieved as experience and past accomplishments. Taking a computer games course for example... would employers want to see one of these, or would they rather see a good mod of a game, or total conversion on an existing game engine, or something totally new, from scratch?
If this is the case then I suppose you could argue that the course is not needed. However, having said this, I dare say with this ccourse it would be far easier to give the employers in this field something they want (mod, TC, etc etc).
I'm just thinking that for a lot of subjects based around this theory, I think the students have to be prepared to be out of work (in the field they want to be in) for a year or two while they get some experience.
I wouldn't like to think any course is micky mouse...A degree is a degree at the end of the day, however, I would say that the majority of employers would prefer something like Maths or Physics to Sociology or Media Studies....
My concern is not the 'mickey mouseness' of these degrees but the vast over specialisation. People are more deserting tradtional, broader degree programme to take part in these highly specialised programmes and many of the increased number of those entering higher education are choosing these programmes. The universities are just making a buck out of this and they don't really care about the employment prospects of individuals who graduate with these degrees, which outside their specific areas are at a definite disadvantage to more broader degree holding graduates (for instance what if there are no jobs in turfgrass? Are you going to be able to compete with other horticulture graduates for jobs in the flower industry when you have no specific learning in that area?)
i do computer games technology at John Moores and i wouldnt call it a mickey mouse course. A lot of what we do is setting us up for a career in the computing industry where there is a lot of demand for jobs at the moment. We have a placement year aswell to give us some experience.
You should go to university for academic study, not vocational training. I have no problem at all with subjects like media studies, film studies, sociology and psychology because although some people dismiss them as 'mickey mouse' they're still academic subjects. However, things like golf course management, wine tasting and surf studies just take things too far. If you want a career in one of those areas, get a job and learn while you're doing it, rather than wasting 3 years of your life and a lot of money getting a useless degree that no-one will respect.
Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Engineering are all vocational degrees. They are all studied in universities.