Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Ethics of Harry Potter

Check it out, I just read that a school in Massachusetts is now offering a new kind of Sociology course based on Harry Potter.

The first book about a boy wizard named Harry was released in the US in 1997, which means that if you were an elementary school student (and part of the target demographic) then, you're probably a college student by now. Bridgewater State is tapping into that market by offering a sociology course based on JK Rowling's characters, and how they interact within the Potterverse.

"The Ethics of Harry Potter" is a seminar that relates the actions and motivations of Harry and his friends (and of course, his enemies as well) to the ideas of Aristotle. "(The series) speaks to fundamental questions of the human condition: What is justice? Courage? Good? Evil? Every person and every culture must ask and answer these fundamental questions."

Where were these kind of classes when I was in college? Would love to hear from someone who takes this class.

1 comment:

Dread Pirate Davi said...

When I finally start going to school full time, I'm gonna have to sign up at that school!!