This interdisciplinary course provides an in-depth study of a topic in liberal studies, to develop students' understanding of a specific cultural, literary, artistic, technological, or scientific issue of concern to society, including consideration of both continuity and change. LIBS 7027 promotes cultural and civic literacy by exploring important social and cultural issues, in order to enhance the ability of students to contribute positively to workplaces and communities. Topics vary from term to term and may include subjects such as: technology and values; environmental ethics; utopian literature; the city - design and history; women in science and technology. Students may only take Selected Topics twice for credit towards a BCIT degree program.
BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
The topic for this term is Graphic Novels: Ideologies & Archetypes. This course will draw on examples of political, philosophical, and literary graphic novels divided into three ideological themes: utopia, dystopia, and the future. The novels will be examined specifically through the lens of their archetypal values: what the stories and central figures convey in terms of their moral stance and their vision of existence and humanity. *(A)* This is NOT a SELF-PACED course. There will be specific timelines for assignments and exams. Course content, kind and quality of assignments and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. You will have discussions and assignments to complete each week (although you do NOT have to be online at a particular time or day). *(B)* FINAL EXAMS: All final exams MUST be written at BCIT during the last week of the course on the designated dates and times given at course start. If you live outside the Lower Mainland area you will be required to have an approved proctor administer the exam. You are directly responsible for any invigilation fees and related costs.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Describe specific philosophical, literary, artistic, technological, or scientific issues presented in the course.
Identify ambiguity, controversy and complexity by assessing the relative merits of different interpretations of issues and/or texts.
Recognize and articulate the distinctions between continuity and change, related to course themes.
Define the concepts of context, idea, historical period, cultural distinctions, and enduring human concerns (e.g., the individual's relationship to society, technology, authority), as they relate to the overall course topic.
Apply, in course assignments and discussions, cross-disciplinary approaches, ideas, and solutions.
Critically read and assess material from disciplines, genres, and eras other than those normally encountered in her/his BCIT technology program.
Evaluate credibility, context, evidence, and soundness of reasoning related to course themes.
Produce paragraph-based, essay-based and/or oral presentations that evaluate aspects of the course material.
Produce written argument essays and oral arguments in class discussion that demonstrate skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing.
Present ideas and research findings in a research paper / project report.
Produce a list of references that demonstrates sound research methodology and citation skills apply course concepts to his/her intellectual, civic, and professional life outside the classroom.
Effective as of Fall 2016
Books & Supplies
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Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Red: A Haida Manga
Douglas & McIntyre
The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists (New Edition)
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