This course introduces students to a variety of discipline-based modes of inquiry and expression. The texts students read and create will employ and exemplify the principles of academic discernment and discourse. Students must earn a C- or better in order to proceed in the sequence of DISC courses. Prerequisite: DISC 1311 or 550 on the SAT Critical Reasoning or 24 on the ACT English section.
This section of DISC 1312 will be organized around comics, a medium encouraging interdisciplinary approaches and appreciation, bridging such fields as art, politics, communications, psychology, literature, and multicultural studies. As such, this course will not be thematically based, but medium focused. Over the next several months, you will learn how to read comics critically, how comics expand our understanding of narrative discourse, and how texts texts can be used to explore a variety of social, political, psychological, economic, artistic, and literary topics. In this course students will learn to become critical readers of visual narrative, analyze graphically based texts, and express their understanding in well organized and carefully written essays.