Culture of Comic Book Syllabus

Culture of Comic Book Syllabus - IDS102C IDS Seminar The...

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IDS102C - IDS Seminar: The Culture of Comic Books Instructor: Lance Eaton Meets: Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:45PM Danvers Campus: Berry 310 Office Hours: By Appointment [email protected] - 617-824-0472 "It was impossible, therefore, to classify comic magazines as either 'good' or 'bad.' Like other publications, each must be judged on its own merits, and criteria will have to be based upon the nature of the medium itself, which can and must have standards of its own." Josette Frank , “What's In the Comics,” Journal of Educational Sociology. V18, N4 (Dec, 1944. 214-222 Description: This course looks to broaden the understanding and appreciation for the medium of comic art. Students will learn about the history and phenomenon of comics from the late 19 th century to the present day. The course will explore a variety of themes and ideas such as the “classics,” artistic styles, genres, symbolism, the industry, and different cultural uses of comic art. Students will learn to identify and understand the use of different styles and genres as well as strengthen analytical skills for all media. Instructional Objectives Using comic books as a theme, this course combines literature, history, cultural studies, and other disciplines to gain a full understanding of this legitimate medium of communication. Students will be encouraged to deconstruct imagery, challenge history as it is presented, assess narrative styles, and other skills that can be used in numerous other classes. By the end of this class, students should be capable of analyzing visual media; assess the subtext and critique the style of narrative. 1. Through lectures, discussions and readings in world history, students will develop an understanding of the dynamics of sequential art. 2. Through class discussions and other critical assessments of readings students will demonstrate analytical skills necessary to navigate different interpretations of comic art. 3. Through written assignments and discussion students will learn to analyze comic art as a medium of communication and a form of literary art. 4. Through class discussions, readings, and writing assignments students will examine the history of comics and understand comics’ place in the large popular culture. 5. Through written assignments, discussions and presentations, students will strengthen communication and comprehension skills. 6. Through written assignments and discussion students will learn, compare and contrast different scholarly work on comic art. 7. Through course assignments, students will learn to critique, evaluate, and cite print, electronic and multimedia sources.
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Goals: 1. Students will develop an understanding of the historical origins of comic books and popular culture relevant to the medium. 2. Students will gain awareness of how comics operate as a medium.
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