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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

IS 204 - Science, Stories, & Superheroes (3)

What makes a superhero–is it science or is it storytelling? How do we understand and interpret the stories of superheroes? How do these stories help us understand the culture in which they were produced? These are some of the questions that we will work through in this course. Comic books, like all literature, provide the reader a snapshot of the culture, concerns, and social views of the time they were written; they also define cultural perceptions of science throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Students in this course will examine superhero stories through the application of scientific and literary modes of inquiry in order to develop nuanced understandings of superhero stories in both comic books and on film. Prerequisite: Foundations Math course and EN 111  or EN 112 . 2015 CORE: Creativity & Culture, Acquire. SP.