Jamon Halvaksz, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), shares the syllabus for his Fall 2015 course, ANT 4843: The Anthropology of Superheroes.
The course, which is currently in Week 7, examines the world of superheroes as both an imagined universe and a fan culture. Students delve into classic anthropological concepts including gender, ethnicity, nature vs. culture, utopia/dystopia, media studies, ritual, creativity, etc. while considering comic and real world superheroes.
The list of course texts is creative, and in addition to purchasing their books, students were required to purchase a one-day ticket for the Alamo City Comic Con, which ran September 11-13, 2015. Documenting the comic con constitutes the fieldwork portion of the course.
We’re definitely looking forward to finding out how the course goes this semester and how things might change for future offerings.
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Many thanks to Dr. Halvaksz for sharing his syllabus!