IDS102C - IDS Seminar: The Culture of Comic Books
"It was impossible, therefore, to classify comic magazines as either 'good' or 'bad.'
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
, “What's In the Comics,”
Journal of Educational Sociology.
V18, N4 (Dec,
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.