Social Issues Through Comic Books
Mar 10, 2014 to Aug 18, 2014
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
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- Contains content not appropriate for children under 18
Full course description
Are you a life long learner? Do you like comic books? Do you think it would be interesting to discuss social issues using comic books as a lens? Are you an educator looking for different methods to present your material? If so, this course is for you! From the creator of Gender Through Comic Books (aka the SuperMOOC), this six month course will examine current social issues through comic books while understanding how popular culture is shaped by it's surroundings.
We will read a variety of comic books including Scalped, Daredevil, Swamp Thing, and many more. While reading these books we will examine topics such as social inequality, the environment, government intervention, addiction, and information privacy. Using lectures, live interviews with academics and comic book professionals, discussion boards, and readings, we will learn about social issues and how they are presented in comic books and the impact that those books have had on the issues whether large or small scale. This will be more than a class - it's a formation of a community.
Doctoral Candidate at Ball State University
Growing up in a family of educators, the last thing Christina Blanch wanted to do was teach. That is, until she taught her first class and fell in love with the profession. She began teaching classes at Ball State University while finishing her master's degree in anthropology. After graduating, she took a position teaching college-level anthropology classes at the university and in the correctional education system. These circumstances introduced Christina to a new challenge: teaching to different audiences. When that program ended and she went back to teaching on college campuses, she realized that in order to teach well, one must teach to and with your students. With this knowledge, she decided to enroll in graduate school and focus on the use of non-traditional methods to teach traditional students. Recently, Christina has taught courses on subjects such as gender using comic books instead of textbooks. She taught the Gender through Comic Books MOOC on Canvas Network to more than 7,000 students. In 2014, she will graduate from Ball State University with her doctorate in educational studies. She lives in Indiana where she co-owns Alter Ego Comics and frolics with her two children, her boyfriend, a dog, and four cats. In her spare time she writes an online comic for Thrillbent.com with Chris Carr titled "The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood."