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From the BBC News website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-11011279

Students 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.

The Durham University module uses the works of JK Rowling to examine prejudice, citizenship and bullying in modern society.

So far about 80 undergraduates have signed up for the optional module, part of a BA degree in Education Studies.

Harry Potter and the Age of Illusion will be available for study next year.

A university spokesman said: "This module places the Harry Potter novels in their wider social and cultural context.

Moral universe

"A number of themes will 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 Dr Martin Richardson, head of the Department of Education at Durham University.

He said the idea for the new module had been conceived in response to growing demand from the student body.

He said: "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."

I mean, Harry Potter's pretty good and all, but this is riddikulus
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Right that's just what we need. More degrees that'll cost a fortune and are completely useless.
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, Seems like a good course to be honest. Lots of universities study it, it forms part of the Children's Literature class in first year in my Uni's English Degree.


It's important for English students to study Children's Literature, Harry Potter is a really good modern example of successful children's literature, I see no problem here.
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, Seems like a good course to be honest. Lots of universities study it, it forms part of the Children's Literature class in first year in my Uni's English Degree.
It would sure be worth studying as a part of a literature class or course, indeed. But a whole course dedicated to it? Really?
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The minute they do a Twilight course... I swear I'ma start swinging.
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Get you Quidditch Ball's at the ready people
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It would sure be worth studying as a part of a literature class or course, indeed. But a whole course dedicated to it? Really?



It isn't a whole course though. It's an optional module of the BA degree in Education Studies.
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From the BBC News website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-11011279


I mean, Harry Potter's pretty good and all, but this is riddikulus


oh my...

OT: I guess you can learn something from it, just as with about any other book .
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, Seems like a good course to be honest. Lots of universities study it, it forms part of the Children's Literature class in first year in my Uni's English Degree.


It's important for English students to study Children's Literature, Harry Potter is a really good modern example of successful children's literature, I see no problem here.


It is important for English students. This is part of a course in educational studies. There is a wealth of material they would be better studying here.
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It would sure be worth studying as a part of a literature class or course, indeed. But a whole course dedicated to it? Really?

The same could be said of any course studying a whole book. If a student really wants to sink his/her teeth into Children's Literature studies then that's absolutely great that they have an optional course that allows them to do it.

In fact, as it's part of the BA in Education it's even better that it is Harry Potter rather than some other work as it will allow future teachers to take what they've learned and use it in a classroom t teach children stuff using something that they already find to be interesting.
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It isn't a whole course though. It's an optional module of the BA degree in Education Studies.
Well to be honest, I have no idea how the English uni system works.

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It is important for English students. This is part of a course in educational studies. There is a wealth of material they would be better studying here.

It's an optional module, it's for the student's to decide if they want this or something else.
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hey, if they play Quidditch as a uni sport, are you REALLY surprised about this?



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Gosh guys, really?

This course seems pretty useless. What could you not learn from other courses? Seems to me like this University is cashing in on the squillions of HP fans.
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hey, if they play Quidditch as a uni sport, are you REALLY surprised about this?

The University of Washington started that. They also have a Star Trek class I believe.
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Oh to be rich and assured of a trust fund to the point where you can study half baked children literature with no fear of ever being out of work...
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It's an optional module, it's for the student's to decide if they want this or something else.
I see. Well, like I said, I have no idea how the English uni system works. This seems less pointless than I thought it was, although I do still think it's kind of a silly idea. I mean, as with so many other books, most of the "social and cultural messages" the course will focus on probably weren't even intentionally written as such by the author. Especially since this is still "just" a children's book.
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It's an interesting idea, I guess. It just seems to be a very, very narrow module, and while it probably has some interesting learning outcomes, it does seem rather gimmicky.
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Like anyone looking to hire you for a job is going to be impressed with "Harry Potter In Modern Societial Terms". Pfffttt...what a waste of cash...
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It's an interesting idea, I guess. It just seems to be a very, very narrow module, and while it probably has some interesting learning outcomes, it does seem rather gimmicky.

Ya, my issue would be how narrow it is were I considering registering for it, then again it is an optional module so narrowness is to be expected really. If you were going into education I reckon it could be really useful to be honest.
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You can study porn at some unis.


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I'm sure a single course would be fine, especially for people going into childhood education or writing. However, I have a former friend who's going to school to be a Harry Potter Scholar. Yes, it's as stupid as it sounds. Sure, they're good stories, enjoyable reads, but all of the deeper elements ride on the coat tails of very cliched fantastical elements. In fact, I'd argue that Harry Potter doesn't have a single original concept in it. However, J.K. Rowling is still brilliant at what she does. She was essentially able to condense thousands of years of fantasy tales into on story that was able to capture the hearts and minds of millions. That's no small fete. But you don't need schollars to study this.
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Ya, my issue would be how narrow it is were I considering registering for it, then again it is an optional module so narrowness is to be expected really. If you were going into education I reckon it could be really useful to be honest.

Oh, I'm not disputing how useful it may be. I suppose it depends to a great extent how it integrates with the rest of the course as to how useful it is.
I suppose in a way it's a little like trying to interest students in chemistry by making things explode in many colours.
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on one hand: harry potter is a mere childrens book and there shouldnt be a uni course for it.
on the other: the harry potter novels have, accordingly, sold more than the bible itself. we've dedicated about 2000 years of history to that book.
based from objective observations, this is not as ridiculous as it sounds, but IMO harry potter is fairly less interesting than the bible.
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on one hand: harry potter is a mere childrens book and there shouldnt be a uni course for it.
on the other: the harry potter novels have, accordingly, sold more than the bible itself. we've dedicated about 2000 years of history to that book.
based from objective observations, this is not as ridiculous as it sounds, but IMO harry potter is fairly less interesting than the bible.

Look at it this way:
The Bible has incest, sodomy, rivers running red with blood, more incest and the Song of Solomon(which is pretty much about boobies, and how awesome they are).

Harry Potter has... uhm... no appeal to me, because I'd spend the entire book waiting for Dumbledore to tell someone they cannot pass, and that he weilds the flame of Arnor.
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From the BBC News website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wear-11011279


I mean, Harry Potter's pretty good and all, but this is riddikulus


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Edit: Re-read, and realised my comment was invalid. This isn't too bad then as a module, it's a very good example of good, solid modern childrens literature.
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I swear I read something like this over a year ago...It might have been a Beatles course or something.
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Sure I like harry potter but isn't this just a bit too far?
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I swear I read something like this over a year ago...It might have been a Beatles course or something.

My uni has a module on History of Rock, which I didn't take in case it was a surprise Geology module, but one of my mates who did said it was about the History of Popular music, and was taught by a hottie.


...*registers*
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My uni has a module on History of Rock, which I didn't take in case it was a surprise Geology module
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My uni has a module on History of Rock, which I didn't take in case it was a surprise Geology module, but one of my mates who did said it was about the History of Popular music, and was taught by a hottie.


...*registers*

I hate that kind of surprise.

In first year, I took a course that, for about 6 weeks, was about earthquakes and volcanoes and stuff. After that point, it became about the hydrological cycle, and soil types.

6 weeks was the window for changing courses, so I didn't find out that it sucked until I couldn't change.
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