Reading comics for class?

Yes, that’s what I did! Though we have structured coursework, there is often room for a more creative and personalized spin to projects and writing assignments. For our foundation year clinical practice class, we were asked to select an autobiography or memoir to read and analyze from a developmental approach. I chose to read Persepolis, a graphic autobiography that tells the childhood story of Marjane Satrapi during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. With a professional interest in international social work and the role that art plays in trauma, Satrapi’s Persepolis offered a unique and challenging way to gain insight about the intersection of sociocultural and political factors and childhood development. The graphics provided an extra layer of depth that kept me both engaged and challenged throughout and allowed me to integrate my personal interests in a professional way.


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