• Weeks 3 and 4 (and 5)

    I’m catching up again.

    So, in week 3 and 4, we did the following things:

    • Watched and discussed the Pilot Episode of Smallville
    • Had student presentations on the history of Superman as a character, and a discussion of Nietzsche’s idea of the übermensch or “superman”.
    • Had a presentation by me on the history of depictions of Superman, and about some adaptations (in comic books, books, and TV) of Superman to different places and times in history.
    • Completed a group exercise where you adapted Superman to East Asia, specifically into a historical place and time in Korea, Japan, or China.
    • Assigned homework: students are to prepare a presentation on the adaptation they or their group made last Friday. Your presentations will be on Thursday/Friday, Week 5.

    In week 5, we’re going to discuss remixing, adaptation, and copyright, and look at your own “remixes” of Superman.

    Day:

    On Tuesday, a group of students will present on “remixing” and “copyright” on Tuesday afternoon. We’ll discuss the presentation, I’ll show you a few interesting clips, and give you some questions to think about. (As well as some reading/listening to do.)

    On Thursday, you’ll present your adapted Superman characters, and then we’ll return to the discussion of copyright, remixing, and adaptation.

    Night:

    On Wednesday, we’ll meet at my office and talk about copyright and remixing. Since our group is so small, everyone is expected to have done a little reading and research on the subject. I’ll show you some interesting clips, we’ll talk about the history of copyright, and I’ll give you some reading/listening homework to do.

    On Friday, we’ll meet at my office and you’ll each present the Superman that you’ve adapted to Korean history. Each student will have a maximum of ten minutes to tell us about this new version of Superman.

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