Gender Through Comic Books
Ball State University
Apr 1, 2013 to May 19, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Some of your work will be assessed by a content expert
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Requires the purchase of a textbook or other course materials
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- You will be expected to work with a group of other students
- Contains content not appropriate for children under 18
Full course description
Gender Through Comics: A Super MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) coming Spring 2013 that examines how comic books can be used to explore questions of gender identity, stereotypes, and roles. This highly engaging learning experience is designed for college-age and lifelong learners.
The course, led by Christina Blanch of Ball State University, uses a study of comic books incorporating highly interactive video lectures, online discussions between students, and real-time socially driven interviews. Interviews with the comic industry's biggest names such as Terry Moore, Brian K Vaughan, Mark Waid, as well as others address questions of gender representations and constructions involving both men and women.
To purchase the required materials for this course, please visit the Comixology page for Gender and Comic Books.
View a video teaser about Gender Through Comic Books
Ms. Blanch is a doctoral candidate at Ball State, who has taught as an adjunct at the institution for many years. This course leverages her vast knowledge and expertise on comic books and women's studies.
This course is part of the Ball State MOOC Initiative (led by Richard Edwards and Steven Schuler of the Integrated Learning Institute) intended to develop basic practices in online and open education.