EAC678 - The World Of Harry Potter

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Subject Title
The World Of Harry Potter

Subject Description

?Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic,? says Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the final film of the Harry Potter series. This course explores the magic and power of J.K. Rowling?s words; her Harry Potter books are a literary, social, cultural, and economic phenomenon that have built an entire wizarding world, one which has crossed out of the realm of fiction and continues to manifest through fan communities, attractions, and events.

In this course, students will critically examine the Harry Potter novels, the film adaptations, and Rowling?s fictional wizarding world in terms of their social and cultural influence. They will investigate diverse topics, such as the literary traditions that have inspired Rowling?s novels, themes within these texts, including gender, race, ethics, and evil, and the socio-cultural intersections between the fictional and the real-life wizarding worlds generated by these books. 

Credit Status


One General Education Credit in the Arts & Humanities category. 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Apply critical and theoretical frameworks to explain the socio-cultural implications of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.

2. Analyze narrative conventions to identify how Harry Potter borrows from established genre patterns.

3. Relate the themes inherent in Rowling’s fictional world to their real-world context as a means of reflecting on narrative techniques for social, political, and ethical commentary.

4. Assess the social and cultural influence of the required texts through engagement with the wizarding world’s artistic, intellectual, and commercial products/experiences.

5. Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills (written and oral) through various projects analyzing course texts. 

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.