Best courses of Alex Paterson's BU career

Upon reading the last blog by my colleague, Nick Healey, I decided that I was going to write on the same topic as him. I recognize a trend developing.  Not only have I repeatedly referred to him as my colleague, but also our blog topics have mirrored each other for the past few weeks.  As the Wrigley’s jingle goes, “Double your pleasure, double your fun”.  Since this blog is aimed to give prospective students an idea of campus life through the eyes of current students, I liked Nick’s approach in discussing some of the sweet classes that are offered.  The way I see it, this blog will praise a few more classes and therefore sweeten the pot.  Thus, without further delay, in no particular order I give you my rendition of the best classes I’ve taken throughout my Bishop’s career. (Note – this will be particularly helpful for English students like myself)


  • Effective Writing (*With Chad Gibbs) – This was the first class I ever attended as a Bishop’s student, and right away I had a feeling that things were going to be alllllllright.  Enter Chad Gibbs.  This mainest man is unanimously the favourite professor amongst students that have taken his courses.  He’s funny, knowledgeable, an interesting lecturer, and a great guy.  The class also provided a good introduction to academic writing.
  • The Irish Short Story – Taught by another one of my all-time favourite professors at Bishop’s, Ken MacLean.  Unfortunately, I only had the chance to take this one class with him, but I made the most of it.  The stories we read were diverse and rooted in so much history that MacLean knew front and back.  Also, there was no thick theory to get in the way of the works, which made the class much easier to understand and thus, enjoyable.
  • Intro to Modern Governments – I give a lot of credit to this class because going into it I knew nothing about political systems or governments.  This class was basic, and was filled with non-Political Science students just like me who were in search of background information on different kinds of governments.  Furthermore, the class was taught by one of the most professional and stand-up lecturers/professors on campus, Dr. Ugland.
  • Films of Marlon Brando – A class that, put simply, examines the films of Marlon Brando, taught by one of the best in the Bishop’s business, Dr. Glen Wickens.  My main man knows his stuff about the famed actor, and what made the class so great was the passion and knowledge that was so evident when Wickens took to the front of the classroom. (On the Waterfront, although before my generation, turned out to be a gem.)


Honourable Mention – Classics of the Post-War Cinema, Film Adaptation, Intro to Literary Theory, anything else taught by Chad Gibbs, and believe it or not, my Honours Thesis.

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