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Outlandish college courses: the Ivy League Dirty Dozen

The Ivy League: eight world-class institutions, by any measure, and home to some of the greatest minds in America.

The existence of leftist bias at these schools isn’t particularly surprising. After all, as The Daily Caller has reported, 96 percent of all Ivy League faculty and staff that donated to a 2012 presidential campaign contributed to President Barack Obama’s re-election effort. At Princeton University, Obama received a staggering 99 percent of all presidential political donations (worth $170,000). Mitt Romney received donations from just two employees — a visiting lecturer and a custodian. (RELATED: Obama the overwhelming favorite at Princeton)

Still, it’s incredible to see the way course offerings at these prestigious schools can be so crudely and uncritically filled with the cultural assumptions and stereotypes of the left.

The phenomenon is not limited to the Ivy League, of course. Over the next few days, The Daily Caller will present the Young America’s Foundation’s ”The Dirty Dozen” list of the most notable ideologically liberal course offerings at elite public and private schools, including the Ivies. All the schools offering the courses are ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report.

Below, savor the Ivy League Dirty Dozen. The course descriptions are reprinted verbatim from the schools’ websites.

Harvard University, Government: Progressive Alternatives: Institutional Reconstruction Today

The past and future agenda of progressives, whether liberals or leftists. What should they propose now that they no longer believe that governmental direction of the economy works or that redistributive social programs suffice? A basic concern is the relation of programmatic thought to the understanding of change and constraint. The course explores institutional alternatives in contemporary societies, and reconsiders the traditions of social theory and political philosophy in the light of an interest in such alternatives.

University of Pennsylvania, Religious Studies: The Feminist Critique of Christianity

An overview of the past decades of feminist scholarship about Christian and post-Christian historians and theologians who offer a feminist perspective on traditional Christian theology and practice. This course is a critical overview of this material, presented with a summary of Christian biblical studies, history and theology, and with a special interest in constructive attempts at creating a spiritual tradition with women’s experience at the center.