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History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft is a Course

History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft

Ended Apr 23, 2021

Full course description

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter book series? Our new course The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft starts in the fictional school of wizardry, Hogwarts, then quickly moves beyond the realm of literary imagination to a place where we explore magic in a larger historical and cultural context. 

As a class, we will examine historical primary sources such as: The Ripley Scroll, Documents from the Salem Witch Trials, and Folklore from around the world. We will take a deeper look at   

  • Magical Creatures: Mapping Concepts of the Monstrous Abroad
  • Herbology: Poisons and Political Intrigue
  • Divination: Psychics and Conspiracies Theories in Historical Perspective
  • Alchemy: Gold & the History of Human Greed
  • Astrology: From Origins of Celestial Navigation to the Y2K Controversy
  • Defense Against the Dark Arts: Witchcraft and the Feminine 

Let’s explore together how human perceptions of magic have shaped the world in which we live today.