University of Colorado Boulder
Comic Books, Geek Culture, and the Fandom Imaginary
University of Colorado Boulder

Comic Books, Geek Culture, and the Fandom Imaginary

This course is part of Fandom and Popular Culture in the Digital Age Specialization

Taught in English

Christopher Haynes

Instructor: Christopher Haynes

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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

Recommended experience

12 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Define and describe the dynamics of geek culture, as well as its relationships to fandom, popular culture, and digital media

  • Apply critical self-reflection and close reading frameworks through analytical writing and creative expression

  • Engage with pop culture and fandom communities by leveraging online platforms to make connections and synthesize learning

  • Reflect on your personal relationship to geek culture, and how popular culture intersects with memory and nostalgia

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Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Beginner level

Recommended experience

12 hours (approximately)
Flexible schedule
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There are 3 modules in this course

In this module, you will dig into the dynamics of comic books and geek culture and how both are rooted in the exploration of imaginary spaces (both fictional, and internal). We will introduce these topics and concepts, continue to apply our frameworks of self-reflection and close reading to them, and start preparations for the final project.

What's included

5 videos6 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt1 plugin

In this module, you will explore the contemporary evolution of the comic book superhero and their complex identity dynamics. Applying what you’ve learned about comics history and the fandom imaginary, you will encounter superheroes as characters, imaginative mirrors, and fans all at once. You will also apply your self-reflection skills to excavate your own relationship (or lack thereof) with comics and geek culture.

What's included

3 videos7 readings1 discussion prompt

In this module, you will explore the darker sides of fandom and fan culture, what happens when fans turn on each other, or on outsiders, and in/out dynamics start to determine engagement and interaction. You’ll also continue applying your frameworks of analysis and reflection to shape your positive contributions to your fandom, and connect with that fandom community directly through the “Find Your Fandom” project.

What's included

4 videos5 readings1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt

Instructor

Christopher Haynes
University of Colorado Boulder
8 Courses3,500 learners

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