I don’t often entertain thoughts about returning to the world of education to pursue more degrees, but the fact that colleges are offering courses about Doctor Who and Harry Potter tempt me. “British Culture and Harry Potter” is a part of California State University San Marcos’ study abroad program. The class focuses on learning about the locations that inspired the Harry Potter books and the ones used in the film. Students will travel to places across England and Scotland such as King’s Cross Station, Warner Bros. Studio, Durham Cathedral (Professor McGonagall’s classroom), Alnwick Castle, and more.
The goals of the class:
Explore and experience through travel the cultural and historical locations in England and Scotland that inspired the Harry Potter series
Identify and assess the similarities and differences between the novels and films and the ways in which each drew inspiration from cultural sites in Great Britain
Develop critical thinking skills about complex social issues relating to inequality, race, and gender within the context of contemporary Great Britain.
Who else wants to enroll?
Read more about the program at California State University’s website.