Summer B 2020 Course Offerings

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CourseCourse NumberSectionTitle         CrdInstructorSyllabus
IDH2930  13015 4F76  Harry Potter   T/7 1 Stoyan-Rosenzweig, Nina  
IDH2930  13016 4G38 Soulscapes W/4 1 Selfe, Terry/Meyer, Sarah   

Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth's Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness

Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness, a 2015 Nautilus Award winner, explores how various landscapes speak to us at a deep level and how their exploration can enhance our wellbeing. Drawing on her own personal experiences, and incorporating the stories of those she has guided through the landscapes as a facilitator of poetry therapy, the author describes an archetypal model comprising five landscapes: desert, forest, ocean and rivers, mountains, and grasslands.  She identifies evocative qualities of each landscape and illustrates their potential as a resource for personal understanding and healing.

In this course students will examine how our connection to nature is vital to wholeness and examine how they might more fully incorporate nature into their own self-care. Active participation in class discussions of the week’s reading assignments will play a major role in course success. In addition, students will complete written reflections on themes related to the readings, and create annotated lists of ways to experience the landscape directly or indirectly (e.g., recommended locations to visit, literature to read and movies to watch that evoke the sense of the place, etc.).

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.