We’re back for one more chance at making the most of our obsession with Game of Thrones, especially Game of Thrones while studying in college. And how? By asking your professor to actually turn into a class that won’t make you yawn through it all (or slink uncomfortably into the back benches, with earplugs in place for the next episode to stream online.
Here are more study courses and (possible papers in them) which can feature the world so lovingly created by George RR Martin.
Game of Thrones and Finance / Banking and Economics:
Littlefinger’s financial acumen for a being a ‘wizard’ with money isn’t actually a study of good financial sense – but rather money manipulations and frauds you should understand and try to safeguard yourself from.
College Economics in a medieval sense is also at play as one of the main motives that drive most of our players into the kind of decisions they make. So, here are some economic lessons you can run based on the episodes you’ve already seen or the books you’ve read.
Risks in Debt-based financing (Baratheons squandering a realm, Petyr Baelish’s Debt Scheme)
Monetary mistakes to avoid in macroeconomics (or Littlefinger’s Guide to Swindling a Realm)
Importance of Money in Political Success (Tyrell influence, Lannister gold)
Communication Skills and Game of Thrones
Yes, watching the show and claiming it is for audience research or understanding mass behaviour works as well. And as a mass communication major, you can claim to watch it as a mass communication theory student, film/narrative study, impact on society or just a good show that’s addictive to follow. Here are a few things you can however, use as titles for college papers, while studying in college:
Mass Communication Behaviours in Play (Mass hysteria, Influence as seen through manipulators and possible revolutionaries)
Effective communication techniques to learn from Tyrion Lannister, Melissandre
The Feminist perspective with Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones seems real (horrifyingly so at times) because of the very real conflicts that those in disadvantaged positions have to face – especially women, in these pseudo-medieval positions. Here are a few discourses to derive from it:
Women as pawns for power (Use of women to create alliances)
Silencing of Rape and Other Evils against Women
Economically disadvantaged positions for women due to gender
Keen on more study lessons from your favourite shows? Drop your suggestions in the comments section below.