Kristine E. Kellejian
B CUSP 104
Examines an important social issue such as ecology, art, political change, the power of media, educational reform, or the role of science in contemporary culture through interdisciplinary investigation, and the lens of the visual, literary, and performing arts. Offered: A.
In this course we will use comics and graphic novels from a variety of international cultures to critically think and write about visual representation, communication and critique. We will explore the ways in which the integrated presence of graphic images helps to contextualize cross-cultural communication, and we will use these texts to develop visual literacy and a greater critical appreciation for narrative styles and themes. Not only will we explore a variety of texts but also invite class members to share their personal background and interests in comics.
Student learning goals
Critical and Creative Inquiry joins reason and imagination to make, investigate, critique, and pursue meaning in the arts, humanities, and the social and natural sciences. It includes the ability to
employ different ways of creating, interpreting, and transmitting new ideas, works, and knowledge in a responsible manner. make effective use of information across print, visual, electronic, and other media to seek, shape, and evaluate evidence. respond, both critically and creatively, to a variety of texts, questions, and problems in order to draw informed conclusions become more aware of personal and collective assumptions.
Communication is the process of written, oral, performative, and multimedia interaction that enables us to share ideas and practices. communicate persuasively to different audiences with appropriate media. practice writing in its many genres across the curriculum. develop dialogical skills that include listening actively to alternative perspectives. This allows us to understand relationships between knowledge, power, and communication.
Inclusive Practices focus on how best to deepen the richness of human experience- with its differences of race, gender, ability, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, and class- by developing capacities to
identify our own and others' ways of knowing- verbal, visual, kinetic, auditory- and make use of those different capacities. understand relationships between individuals, institutions, and authority. compare and contrast different cultural voices, traditions, and ways of interacting with the world. exchange ideas with different communities, both on campus and beyond.
General method of instruction
Lectures, group work, class discussion, guest speakers.
None. All comers are welcome!
Class assignments and grading
Analysis, in-class activities, close readings, and final project.
Demonstrated ability to critically analyze and describe comic books and graphic novels from a variety of cultures using field specific terminology. Grades also based on outstanding participation, analysis, close readings, quizzes, discussion and research, group work and final project.