Summer B 2019 Course Offerings

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CourseCourse NumberSectionTitleCrdInstructorSyllabus
 IDH2930   4F76 Harry Potter  1 Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Nina   
IDH2930   4G38 One in a Billion  1 Schaefer, Nancy M.  

IDH2930 Harry Potter

In writing the seven part series (of novels) and one play on Harry Potter and his experiences at boarding school, author J.K. Rowling created a world that enthralls millions of people- old and young- around the globe.  It is a world that resonates deeply with its fans and that captures the imagination.  Harry Potter’s world is almost real- or maybe really real- for many young people.  Certainly, a generation grew up eagerly awaiting each new book and each film was released to lines of people camped out outside the movie theaters.  Even those people who do not like to read eagerly consume 700 page Harry Potter books. 

Why do they love the world of Harry Potter so much? Perhaps because these 700 page books precipitate them into the imaginary but infinitely believable and detailed landscapes to address great, heroic struggles.  In short, Rowling beautifully combines descriptions of these epic struggles with great characters and humor as well as drawing on familiar archetypes and myths.

This course will explore the series, the great themes explicated therein, and Harry Potter’s hold on the human imagination through reading and discussion of the book, Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds by Travis Prinzi, and reference to the actual Harry Potter series- books and movies (a prerequisite for joining the class is familiarity with the series).   

In addition and through Harry Potter and Imagination, the course will explore struggles between good and evil and the role of the individual in changing the world, “The great themes of Harry Potter are not communicated through textbook, theoretical, propositional statements, but are embodied in the beliefs and actions of its characters. We have already looked at the virtues extolled by J.K. Rowling, as well as the vices condemned; now we turn to an examination of her incarnations of good and evil. Along the way, readers are being called to be creative heroes in their own worlds. It is through our being shaped as creative heroes that we learn creative solutions to the problems of evil that exist in our own spheres of influence.” 

If nothing else, Harry Potter is about a quest, a great quest that tests the strength of a child and his friends.  We will particularly explore the nature of quests from the ordinary to the extraordinary and how the experience of college, or how each life can embody a quest.

Finally, the course also will examine the results of a survey of 1,100 college students that examined how Harry Potter shaped its fans.

Book/s:  Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds. Travis Prinzi

Harry Potter and the Millenials: Research Methods and the Politics of the Muggle Generation. Anthony Gierzynski.

IDH2930 One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine

One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine

By Mark Johnson and Kathleen Gallagher

“How could they ever figure out which of [the thousands of places where the patient’s genetic script differs] has caused a…disease that doesn’t even appear in the medical literature?”

This is the quandary that faced the doctors and researchers on 4-year old Nic Volker’s health care team in 2009. The two journalists who won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for covering this story provide much more context in One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine, taking the reader through the development of the medical team that first used genetic sequencing to diagnose and treat Nic and their journey to pushing this new form of medicine and the ethics surrounding it into reality. At the same time, they lead the reader through the lived experiences of the other half of the story: the patient and his family.

This class will explore the psychosocial effects of long-term illness, physician-patient/caregiver relations, health literacy and medical ethics. We will learn about rare and genetic diseases and discuss ethical, historical and social issues surrounding current trends in genetic testing.