The point is, many of these subjects (e.g. Adventure Tourism) didn't used to need university degrees. You got hired by a tourism company or hotel, and you got training within about a month. These degrees are a mix of random topics, attempting to create some cohesion. Surf Sciences at Plymouth has physiology, marine science, craft (building surfboards), and "residential field trips," I'm guessing to Hawaii or something. Is that really what a university degree is about? Any graduate with any degree can apply for the same jobs that many of these "mickey mouse" courses teach people about for three years.
The arguments being put forward here by many people are purely about the title of the course rather than the content. Personally I think the content of a course is more important than the title.
oh im not saying it isnt a highly skilled job, but it just seems to be alot of money to pay to learn it. For example i know alot of people who are doing art degrees which are nearly all practical, to me that seems a bit pointless, you dont need a degree to say you are a good artist, unless of course you want to study art history etc or want to be an art teacher, but none of these people do. I just cant get my head around it lol.
i think the general concensus is that Art courses, drama courses and music courses are "mickey mouse courses"
no to say thats my opinion because i admire anyone who can draw, act and play an instrument!!
I guess it's really to do with the subjects that have active and sizeable research in that area. Subjects like Media Studies do have considerable research into that area, however subjects like adventure tourism or surf science are somewhat questionable in that area.
i play saxophone, i think people that can play an instrument (better then me lol), act, dance etc are very talented, i dont think they need a degree to prove that they are talented.
there are diplomas available for instruments anyway.
There are music, arts and drama colleges that specialise in that thing anyway - it seems appropriate to study those vocational subjects in that sort of enivronment so why not other vocation subjects?
MusB and equivalent BAs are some of the oldest degrees and offered by many of the most prestigious universities in the world. Institutions such as The Royal Northern College of Music, a university institution, has an international reputation.