A – 3: to examine prejudice, citizenship and bullying in
B – 1: up for the optional module, part of
C – 4: including the world of rituals, prejudice and intolerance in
D – 7: to growing demand from the student
E – 2: such as the moral universe of the school
F – 5: to emerge four or five years ago to see
Harry Potter course for university students
Students of Durham University are being given the chance to sign up to what is thought to be the UK’s first course focusing on the world of Harry Potter. Although every English-speaking person in the world knows about Harry Potter books and films, few have thought of using them as a guide to … modern life.
The Durham University module uses the works of JK Rowling __to examine prejudice, citizenship and bullying in__ modern society. “Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion” will be available for study next year. So far about 80 undergraduates have signed __up for the optional module, part of__ a BA degree in Education Studies. Future educationalists will analyse JK Rowling’s fanfiction from various points of view.
A university spokesman said: “This module places the Harry Potter novels in a wider social and cultural context.” He added that a number of themes would be explored, __including the world of rituals, prejudice and intolerance in__ the classroom, bullying, friendship and solidarity and the ideals of and good citizenship.
The module was created by the head of the Department of Education at Durham University. He said the idea for the new module had appeared in response __to growing demand from the student____ body: “It seeks to place the series in its wider social and cultural context and will explore some fundamental issues __such as the moral universe of the school__. You just need to read the academic writing which started __to emerge four or five years ago to see__ that Harry Potter is worthy of serious study.”