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Comic Books And Graphic Novels

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This course examines the genre of comic books and graphic novels using analytical skills and literary theory to explore the development and impact of this medium on society.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    History of Comic Books and Graphic Novels

    • Define key terms associated with comic books and graphic novels.
    • Identify prominent comic book and graphic novel writers and artists.
    • Describe the history of the comic book and graphic novel.

    Visual and Literary Conventions

    • Analyze the use of visual elements in a comic book or graphic novel to convey literary conventions, such as tone, point of view, and action.
    • Describe the relationship between linguistic and visual choices in a comic book or graphic novel.

    Comic Book Genres and the Superhero

    • Describe various genres of comic books and graphic novels.
    • Compare characterization within different comic book genres.
    • Analyze the conventions of the superhero genre.

    Ideology, Race, and Gender

    • Explain the use of comic books and graphic novels as expressions of ideology.
    • Analyze the representations of gender, race, ethnicity, or other minority differences in comic books and graphic novels.
    • Describe comic books and graphic novels as reflections or subversions of society.

    Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Popular Culture

    • Identify significant comic books traditions outside of the United States.
    • Analyze the influence of comic books and graphic novels on American culture.
    • Analyze the use of literary conventions within comic books and graphic novels.
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