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    Otterbein University
  Nov 22, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1040 - Guard and Protect: Super Heroes Problem -Solve Our World(s)

Hours: 4
This course takes its cue from present-day popularity of twentieth-century and new-millennial action super heroes. The classic battle between “good” and “evil,” cast as a take-all-or-nothing war between the valiant and villain echoes through time and cultures. Historically, the super-hero tale identifies an inequality, and the story line fights back by offering a justified solution that the hero embodies. The course, for example, attempts to understand cultural situations that energized Superman’s quest to safeguard social justice. It examines the force of “Amandla!” activated by the Black Panther. What are the origins of super heroes? Why do super heroes exist? What do their awesome powers teach us about our cultures, and our ideals about individualism and conflict resolution? While the course reaches back by reading historical folklore from around the globe, it also reads and screens contemporary comics, novels, films, and television series.