ENGL 3036: Graphic Novels: September - December 2013
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General course information

Required Texts

Recommended Texts

Course Expectations or Outputs

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. critically engage the theoretical, historical, and cultural contexts of a focused topic in media studies.
  2. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the course topic through the analysis of primary texts in both class discussion and written work.
  3. construct and sustain analytical arguments in clear, coherent prose and proper essay format.
  4. enrich analytical arguments about primary texts through the judicious use of secondary sources.

Course Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate:

  1. a detailed knowledge of a focused topic in media studies.
  2. an ability to offer theoretically and historically informed interpretation of texts.
  3. an ability to compare the merits of different critical and theoretical approaches.
  4. an ability to gather, review, and assess secondary sources appropriate to the topic.
  5. an ability to communicate logical, analytical arguments in clear, correct, and persuasive prose.

Preparation and Participation

You are expected to participate in class in an informed manner. At the very least, you are expected to come to class regularly, having read all assigned reading. You are expected to participate in class discussions. Keep in mind that participating in class is usually a highly rewarding experience, greatly enhancing your ability to understand the course material and helping ensure your success in the course. Everyone is expected to be courteous and professional at all times in class.



The Department of English Studies and Nipissing University maintain a strict policy on all forms of academic dishonesty. Each assignment must be original work produced by the student only for this course. All referencing and documentation must be complete and accurate for both direct and indirect quotations. The Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for essay preparation are the standard in English Studies. Ignorance of what constitutes plagiarism will not be accepted as an excuse: if you are uncertain about any of this information, see your instructor immediately. All essays and tests are subject to an additional oral and/or written test at the instructor’s discretion. All suspected plagiarism will be reported to the chair of the department, the dean of the faculty, and the registrar of the university.

Marc R. Plamondon, Ph.D. Department of English Studies Nipissing University