Defending the Dursleys and Exploring Dumbledore's Lies: Encouraging Critical Thinking in a College Classroom
Layla Azmi Goushey
This will be a lecture that describes my experience developing and teaching a course titled Harry Potter: Literature, Values, and Culture. Harry Potter: Literature, Values, and Culture. Students study the impact that literature has on our value systems by examining references to historical and cultural belief systems contained in the Harry Potter series.
This Infinitus 2010 presentation will consist of four sections.
1. The nature and purpose of the course.
2. A description of specific assignments and expected learning outcomes of the assignments. Select student comments will be included.
3. A how-to guide to presenting course information to a student population who is at varying levels of knowledge of the course material. Some students enroll in the class with no knowledge of the series, while others are well-versed in J.K. Rowling's work.
4. Question and answer period.
Layla Azmi Goushey holds an M.F. A. in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She is Department Chair of English, Reading, and Interdisciplinary Studies at St. Louis Community College in St. Louis, Missouri where she teaches an interdisciplinary course titled Harry Potter: Literature, Values, and Culture. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Adult Literacy at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.