Harry Potter and Potion-Making Science
Humans have been using nature-made ingredients (herbs, extracts of plants and animals, and minerals) to treat various diseases and disorders since ancient times. In modern day science, medicine-making is one of the largest industries and job markets for the college-educated. In this seminar, we will use examples of potion-making from the Harry Potter book series as a literary platform to introduce scientific approaches for medicine-making science and processes. This class will involve extensive class participation and discussion. The focus will be to introduce the students to medical research and to develop skills in critical thinking.