Graphic Novels: the invisible art
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: n/a
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: n/a

Program(s): Cross College Courses
Program Coordinator(s): Sarah Sinclair
Course Leader or Contact: Peter Grevstad
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: n/a

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
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.

Program Context

Cross College Courses Program Coordinator: Sarah Sinclair
This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development 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 a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to 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 context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 Critical Performance
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 

Learning Outcomes
To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated 
the ability to:

1) Analyze comics and graphic novels using the vocabulary for 
   the genre.
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.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:
Three online quizzes - (3 @ 10%)         30%
Blog posts:
1 @ 10%				        10%	
Essays - (2 @ 20%)                       40%
Collaborative Assignment 20%             20%


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Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

X Communication X Critical Thinking & Problem Solving X Interpersonal
  Numeracy X Information Management   Personal

Notes: N/A

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

X Arts In Society   Civic Life
X Social and Cultural Understanding   Science and Technology
  Personal Understanding    

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):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR
  X X    

Notes:  N/A

Section III: Topical Outline
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
Course Details:
MODULE ONE:  Understanding Sequential Art

Week 1
Course Introduction
Understanding Comics, chapters 1-3.  The Vocabulary of Comics. Quiz 1 

Week 2
Understanding Comics, chapters 4-6. time, line and form, and 
narration.  Quiz 2 (10%)

Week 3
Understanding Comics, chapters 7-9.  The six steps in graphic novel
analysis. Quiz 3 (10%)

Week 4
Reading: Batman: Year One.  
MODULE 2:  Hero and Superhero

Week 5
V for Vendetta (novel and film adaptation). 

Week 6
Watchmen (novel and film adaptation).

Week 7
Wikilecture Assignment.  Film:  Batman Begins. Blog post (10%)

Week 8
First Essay (20%)

MODULE 3:  Japanese Manga

Week 9
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

Week 12
Online graphic novels- overview

Week 13
Collaborative Assignment Due (20%)

Week 14
Course conclusion and evaluation

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