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Kristine E. Kellejian
B CUSP 107
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core I: Individuals and Society

Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.

Class description

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. To 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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kristine E. Kellejian
Date: 04/22/2013