Deconstructing Superheroes

3.00 crs.

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts and Cultures

Superhero stories appeal to us because they work through relevant concepts, such as identity, morality, power, and citizenship. These stories explore meaningful questions: What does it mean to be good? What is the nature of evil, and how is it vanquished? What balance should we strike between personal freedom and group security? We will investigate the ways in which specific superheroes have taken up these and other social questions, and we will study the superhero's flip side, the super villain.

Course Cross-listing

Course Corequisite