SuperMOOC Returns! Study Social Issues Through Comic Books

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After the rousing success of the first comic book massive online open course Gender Through Comic Books, instructor (and new comic book shop owner) Christy Blanch and the Canvas Network are back with a new MOOC.

Over six months, students in Social Issues Through Comic Books will use comics as a lens to view “current social issues… while understanding how popular culture is shaped by its surroundings.” In a message to her former students from the Gender course, Blanch listed some of those issues, including immigration, social inequality, addiction, and more.

Once again, Blanch will be calling on industry talent like Denny O’Neill, Jeff Lemire, Mark Waid, Donny Cates, and, new for this course, “academic specialist” interviews.

Enrollment is free plus the cost of reading materials, including issues of Scalped, Daredevil, Swamp Thing, and more. The course runs March 10 to August 18.

Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in Seattle, WA, where she contributes to local parenting magazines. She also writes for StarWars.com, Geek & Sundry, and more. You can find crafts and art projects for geeky families at her blog The St{art} Button.