Does the term refer to the subjects which require relatively lesser amount of work?
Nah, it refers to newer subjects that people studying more traditional subjects don't like.
It is used to **** off courses by people who have never taken them, nor have any idea what is involved. Look at RK89's posts, he clearly shows how someone can use this term to prove their ignorance of the subjects.
a "mickey mouse" degree is one that isn't respected very much.
eg. Law vs Film Studies
which one would you rather have?
Ancient History or Surf studies?
they aren't respected because they're not traditional?
eDDeboo, why would I do ancient history if I was interested in surf studies? What does it have to be with respect?
They are degrees that people believe are useless and will lead to nowhere.
For example, some people say Media Studies are silly degrees or Film Studies, PE, Wine Studies, Happiness degrees (UEL do this!) cos they don't know where they could take you after uni. I'm doing International Business Studies with French and I remember some teachers looking at me in horror when I announced I was gonna do Business at uni. But as long as you know what you want to do with it (like I do) then why give a toss about what everyone else thinks? It's you doing the degree, not them.
In the 1800s, English was considered a Mickey Mouse degree (I can kinda see why) but it's one of the most popular courses in Cambridge. So what can ya do, eh?
It's mainly cos the degrees considered Mickey Mouse degrees aren't traditional but quite modern and vocational.
It's a kind of Disney degree
It's all very well saying it depends what you want to do with it, and to an extent that's true, but let's face it, if you have a Law degree you can do pretty much ANYTHING, if you have a media degree you will struggle to even get a job in media. You'd do better with English.
Surely Law and Ancient history belong to the more traditional studies catagory?
If I have a Law degree, I'm not sure I can speak French and German. But you let me know if you find anyone who can, cheers.
The reason why people say Media degrees are bad is because the number of people doing the degree is 47 times more than jobs available in the UK. Still, you can always work abroad. There is a window of opportunity everywhere, you've just gotta look for it.
any degree that involves psychology
but then why are they popular if it's difficult to get a decent job after studying them at uni?