Literary classics published long ago like To Kill a Mockingbird, Hamlet,and Jane Eyre are standards on any college course syllabus. But what's becoming more and more commonplace is seeing pop culture phenomenons of today taking their turn in the classroom, too. The University of Virginia is the latest school to take on up on the trend with a four-week summer English course that tackles both the book and television versions of fan favorite, Game of Thrones.

Students in the class are delving deep into the popular series by both watching the show's first three seasons and reading the book series that inspired them. "There are a lot of things in the series that are very weighty, and very meaningful, and can be illuminated through the skills of literary analysis," UVA associate English professor, Lisa Woolfork, said in an interview with UVA Today. Discussion takes on topics such as power, gender roles, identity and cultural significance—all relating back to the citizens of Westeros. The best part of all for the 24 students enrolled in the class comes in the form of their final, where they're each challenged to write their own chapter of the fantasy series.

Just another reason why Charlottesville, Virginia, the town that is home to the state's flagship university, is the United States's happiest city.

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