Kolkata university gives law path based totally on Harry Potter
Rashmi Raman, a former scholar of NUJS, first started a Potterverse-centric elective regulation path at the Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat in 2012.
Potterheads take note! A law university in Kolkata is offering a new direction on Harry Potter so that it will encourage college students to explore legal elements of JK Rowling’s fictional world and its many real-life classes.
The route titled “An interface among Fantasy Fiction Literature and Law: Special focus on Rowling’s Potterverse” will be provided as a non-compulsory to 4th and 5th-year students of the B.A LL.B (Hons) programme at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) in Kolkata.
The course, designed for the iciness semester by way of Assistant Professor Shouvik Kumar Guha, tries to serve as a breather from the orthodox regulation college curriculum.
“This path is supposed to be greater of a test. It will take both me and the students out of our comfort zones,” Mr. Guha told PTI in a cellphone interview.
“In regulation schools, humans get a completely specific set of subjects. The curriculum revolves around the tough letter of the regulation, case legal guidelines and so on. Given the truth that this course lasts approximately 5 years, college students also become bored,” he said.
Students will learn how to observe criminal concepts in a totally new scenario, and understand how matters will paintings via insights right into a wizarding world continuously beneath authorities surveillance.
Given the various societal, legal and political changes, which includes the slew of landmark Supreme Court decisions, law students need to discover ways to adapt and respond to activities unfolding around them, Mr. Guha said.
“I could have designed the course primarily based on our actual political situation however it isn’t vital that every one my college students will percentage my political leanings,” he stated.
Mr. Guha determined as a substitute to show to a fictional universe, which could now not create political controversies but assist college students to discover ways to practice their criminal expertise to a very alien set of scenarios.
According to a assertion through NUJS, the Harry Potter collection vividly exposes the restrictions of legal guidelines and institutions.
In Potterverse as an example, The Ministry of Magic makes use of its representatives to torture children for daring to tell the reality and imprisons or even executes its citizens without the benefit of a due system of regulation.
Its notorious prison Azkaban is designed to drive inmates to melancholy and suicidal dispositions with none wish of reformation
In severa times, the rich control and affect authorities policy. Freedom of the press in Potterverse is curtailed, and the essential newspaper ‘The Daily Prophet’ is used to spread propaganda.
The series, as a result, offers a unique platform for college students to reflect and compare the criminal situations with their own government. The direction targets to cover felony traditions and institutions, crimes and punishments, economy, politics, contracts within the Potterverse.
Mr. Guha says his assignments to the scholars might be very innovative in nature and hopes that some of the works can subsequently be published.
“I become brought to Potterverse in my 10th general. Since then I actually have examined the books a couple of times. I am acquainted with each and each line of all of the seven books. So it’ll come to me certainly,” said Mr. Guha, quipping that he probably knows Harry Potter literature higher than Company Law.
Classes for the route are due to begin this December.
This is not the first time in India that a professor has turned to the paranormal world of Harry Potter to pique pupil interest.
Rashmi Raman, a former scholar of NUJS, first began a Potterverse-centric non-compulsory law path at the Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat in 2012.
The direction was one of the most famous among students inside the law faculty, Raman instructed PTI.
“I have now not supplied it for the final semesters as it continually exceeds the class restriction, and I end up having to educate a class of forty-forty five, once I should teach every other non-obligatory and get away with 15-20 students,” she stated.
Ms. Raman stated she plans to bring back the direction once more within the spring semester.
Rowling’s series of seven books — which have been made into 8 movies — approximately the boy wizard Harry Potter and his buddies Ron and Hermoine have already observed its manner into classrooms overseas.
The Kansas State University inside the US, as an instance, offers a category referred to as “Harry Potter’s Library,” wherein college students have the opportunity to have a look at political issues that reoccur within the collection.
Frostburg University, also in the US, offers “Science of Harry Potter” which teaches college students about the medical principles in the back of the magical occasions inside the series.
For example, college students explore the physics that makes Quidditch viable and the feasible genetics associated with magical creatures.