Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Take A Harry Potter Class

Durham University offers a course that will focus on the world of Harry Potter. Expelliarmus!

No, you wont get the lessons that are offered at Hogwarts or be sorted into a house.
This class is mostly about analyzing the Harry Potter Books. The faculty handbook from the university lists some of the things that will be taught in the course.

  • The content will explore a number of key themes, including:
  • Home and away: the shock of education
  • Post-1945 as the Age of Illusion
  • Harry Potter and the remaking of England
  • Welcome to Hogwarts: the commodification of education. The sign replaces the thing - a reassuring world of uniforms, gowns and rituals
  • Gryffindor and Slytherin: prejudice and intolerance in the classroom
  • Anarchy and rebellion from Tom Brown to Harry Potter
  • Myths and models: the power of educational examples
  • Muggles and magic: the escape from the treadmill and the recovery of enchantment.
  • Magic, reason and reality
  • The peer group: bullying, friendship and solidarity
  • Ideals of manhood: courage, ingenuity and integrity
  • ‘My station and its duties’: Harry Potter and the good citizen
  • The moral universe of the school. J.K. Rowling and the legacy of the school story from Rudyard Kipling to Grange Hill

I wonder if the professor will come to class in robes. This is a serious college class, what am I making jokes for. They will probably have a field trip to the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter! Im off to that college. Later muggles!

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