A Century of Comics in English, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Autumn 2022, 50%, Distance learning

    Start date: 26 September 2022

    End date: 4 December 2022

    Application deadline: 19 April 2022

    Application code: UU-55012 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Flexible

    Selection: Final school grades (60%) - Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (40%)

    Outline for distance course: The distance education course is based on self-study and communication through the web-based learning environment. This contains all information regarding the course and is used for the compulsory course activities. Teaching takes the form of study instructions, exercises and discussions. Access to a computer with internet connection is required to take the course. All teaching and examinations are done online. There are no scheduled obligatory online meetings. Taking a distance learning course means that you yourself largely determine when you study, since you are not as tied to scheduled classes. Note, however, that this kind of course requires as much effort as an ordinary campus course and that it is equally important to meet set deadlines.

    Number of mandatory meetings on campus: 0

    Number of voluntary meetings on campus: 0

    Registration: 1 August 2022 – 11 September 2022

Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English 6


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 11,250

Tuition fee, total: SEK 11,250

About the course

This course is an introduction to comics and graphic novels in English. The global history of comics can be described in a number of different ways, and the roots of comics could conceivably be traced to very old sources. As they are usually perceived today, comics are a relatively young phenomenon, and the current cultural visibility of characters from comics is an even younger one, dominated by successful American franchises. Comics in English are significantly more diverse, however, and since the late 1940s, they have included explorations of topics such as war, racism, trauma, identity, and dysfunctional families, as well as funny animals and superhero stories.

In this course, the focus is on Anglo-American comics, and it covers a wide variety of works, genres and prominent authors. The course material will include works from 1919 and later, as well as critical and theoretical texts.

More information


Department of English

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3 L

Box 527, 751 20 Uppsala

Telephone: 018-471 1247 018-471 1245

Email: Info@engelska.uu.se

Study Counsellor

Email: studievagledare@engelska.uu.se

Telephone: +46 18 471 12 47