Sociology 101, with a Wizarding Twist

Middle School/Junior High Level

Instructor: Molly Isaacs-McLeod

blue book 50 Explore the basic tenets of Sociology through analysis and discussion of the Harry Potter Series. We will delve into culture, socialization, social organization, social institutions, and social change. It is strongly recommended that students have read the Potter series. If the series was read some time in the past, a refresher prior to the class is highly encouraged. We will cover basic Sociological theory including the hows and whys of the area of study. We will also apply some of those techniques and frameworks to the world created in the Potter series- class, elitism, prejudice, group dynamics, family, etc. 

  • Heads-Up for Parents: While every effort is made to steer away from heavier issues, due to the discussion-based nature of the class some topics may be brought up by students that require a certain level of maturity. Please contact the instructor at to help determine if this course is right for your child.


Required texts:

  • Harry Potter Series - Specific books in the series TBD


  • Student must be able to read at a 6th grade level or above.
  • Students must be able to actively participate in online discussion.
  • Students must be able to write a paragraph independently.
  • Please remember at Athena's Advanced Academy, parental involvement is necessary.

arrow right 3 What to Expect in the Classroom:

Learning activities include communicating ideas, videos and multimedia, and web 2.0 tools to synthesize new concepts. While students are expected to keep up with reading assignments, writing assignments are optional. Assignments include:

  • Required: Weekly reading assignments
  • Strongly suggested: Responding to 1-2 forum questions in at least five sentences and other writing assignments
  • Optional: Working with web 2.0 tools on online projects

arrow right 3 What to Expect in the Webinar:

Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recorded sessions are available for students with schedule conflicts. Students are asked to contribute to the live webinar by doing the following:

  • Actively participating (via the microphone) to the class discussion by responding to the questions on the whiteboard

arrow right 3 Enrollment in this 16-week course includes free access to moderated discussion forums and Athena's Minecraft server.


Return to the Additional Liberal Arts Course Descriptions page

Last modified: Friday, March 31, 2017, 10:06 AM