In this hybrid course, students will investigate the rise of the
graphic novel in the 20th Century. Students will consider the
history of the genre, and explore how graphic novels reflect and
represent diverse social, political and popular cultures. This
course explores 'the invisible art' through the works of renowned
writers and graphic artists, and gives students the opportunity to
introduce their peers to emerging graphic novels published on the
Internet. Students will also compare graphic novels with their film
adaptations. Through selected novels, students will also explore
historical and social phenomena, such as the Iranian revolution and
the Holocaust during World War II. In addition, students will
consider the figure of the hero in the 20th Century, and investigate
how the character and representation of the hero change in response
to social conditions. Through readings, quizzes, online discussions
and research activities, students will examine and analyze the
diversity of sytles in the genre, as well as connect with important
historical and social issues from the last and the present centuries.
This course is part of the
General Education curriculum
which is designed to
contribute to the
of the student's
consciousness of the
diversity, complexity, and
richness of the human
experience; their ability to
establish meaning through
this consciousness; and, as
result, their ability to
creatively, and positively
the society in which they
live and work. General
Education courses strengthen
students' generic skills,
such as critical analysis,
problem solving, and
communication, in the
of an exploration of topics
with broad-based personal
and/or societal importance.
|Cross College Courses
||Program Coordinator: Sarah Sinclair
Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the
ability to describe the technical characteristics of graphic novels,
for investigation into historical and social issues in the Twentieth
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated
the ability to:
1) Analyze comics and graphic novels using the vocabulary for
2) Evaluate idea/purpose, form, idiom, structure, craft and
surface in graphic novels.
3) Compare a graphic novel with a traditional work of Western
4) Research historical events in the Twentieth Century.
5) Write short research papers on the themes and social and political
contexts of selected graphic novels.
6) Describe the figures of the hero, and the modern superhero.
7) Compare a graphic novel with a film adaptation.
8) Identify emerging graphic novels which have been published on the
9) Compare Western and Eastern graphic novels and their technical
10) Assemble a graphic novel casebook which features a graphic novel
published on the Internet.
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
Three online quizzes - (3 @ 10%) 30%
1 @ 10% 10%
Essays - (2 @ 20%) 40%
Collaborative Assignment 20% 20%
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in
the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their
individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered
within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and
times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for
submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed
tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are
awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity
is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of
zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for
late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per
day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and
statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned.
Business days include any day that the college is open for
business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or
3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or
fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional
circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance
of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied
for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their
absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence
(e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be
written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the
students return. Alternately, students may be given an
opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a
subsequent test count for the additional marks.
Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due
dates for assignments.
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be
submitted at the beginning of class.
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort
unless, the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions
regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of
individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep,
and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of
all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been
previously agreed to or suggested by the professor.
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical
lab and field components in order to pass the course.
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:
||Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
||Arts In Society
||Social and Cultural Understanding
||Science and Technology
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):
||Not Eligible for PLAR
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Effective term: Fall 2015
Professor: Peter Grevstad
Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud. HarperPerennial, 1994. ISBN
Batman: Year One, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. DC Comics,
2005. ISBN 978-1-4012-0752-6
Pyongyang, A Journey in North Korea, by Guy Delisle.
Drawn&Quarterly, 2007. ISBN 978-1-897299-21-0
V for Vendetta, by Allen Moore and David Lloyd. Vertigo (DC Comics),
1989. ISBN 0-930289-52-8
or Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. DC Comics, 1987. ISBN
The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi. Pantheon, 2004. ISBN
or The Complete Maus, by Art Spiegelman. Pantheon, 1991. ISBN 0-679-
(Appolo's Song, by Tezuka Osamu. Vertical, 2007.ISBN 978-1-932234-66-
4) -Out of print but available online in a PDF
Mizuki, S. (2014). Showa 1939-1944 A history of japan (Z. Davisson
Trans.). Toronto: Drawn & Quarterly ISBN: 978-1-77046-151-2
Applicable student group(s): all students eligible to take General Education electives
MODULE ONE: Understanding Sequential Art
Understanding Comics, chapters 1-3. The Vocabulary of Comics. Quiz 1
Understanding Comics, chapters 4-6. time, line and form, and
narration. Quiz 2 (10%)
Understanding Comics, chapters 7-9. The six steps in graphic novel
analysis. Quiz 3 (10%)
Reading: Batman: Year One.
MODULE 2: Hero and Superhero
V for Vendetta (novel and film adaptation).
Watchmen (novel and film adaptation).
Wikilecture Assignment. Film: Batman Begins. Blog post (10%)
First Essay (20%)
MODULE 3: Japanese Manga
Apollo's Song (Tezuka)
MODULE 4: Comics as Social History
Week 10: Maus or Persepolis.
Week 11: Pyongyang, a journey in North Korea. Second Essay (20%)
MODULE 5: Online and Collaborative Comics
Online graphic novels- overview
Collaborative Assignment Due (20%)
Course conclusion and evaluation
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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.
Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.
Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.
Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.
Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)
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