Identity in Popular Culture: From Avatars to Vampires

Code: LIBS1940

Course description

Do you sometimes feel more at home battling strangers’ avatars in a war zone than walking down the halls of your own school? Or do you ever wonder why humans have suddenly decided that predatory monsters like vampires might make good lovers? Useful answers to these questions require a clear understanding of human identity. Over time, our ideas about identity have undergone many changes in terms of human nature and value. Students in this course will explore current ideas about what makes us human within an historical context, comparing our popular ideas to those of the past. Students will observe how human identity is constructed and presented in narratives through a survey of different media, from short stories to graphic novels to film and television. In each medium, fictional identities such as gaming avatars, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and zombies will provide clues to the puzzle of what makes us human and how we decide who we are.

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

Notice for general electives

If you are pursuing a diploma or advanced diploma, contact Jen Matthews at 519-748-5220 ext. 3265, prior to registering to ensure that your selection is eligible for your program.

Credit transfer

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Start Date
Start Date: Mar. 15, 2021
Delivery: Fully Online – eConestoga
Campus: Doon (Kitchener)
Cost: $307.50
End date: May. 1, 2021
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Equivalent to: None

Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Spring 2021 registration opens February 1, 2021. Fall 2021 registration opens July 5, 2021.