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It's (Not) a Laughing Matter: Humor as Resistance and a Force for Social Change
Fall 2022
Section: 01  

Using a global perspective, this course will focus on developing critical thinking and writing skills as well as developing intellectual empathy. The students will learn to define issues within a broad cultural context and gain experience in evaluating and interpreting content in a variety of mediums. Students will interact with their classmates and actively participate in classroom activities to improve their ability to work in groups, think outside of the box, improve their writing, and develop their oral presentation skills.

The subject matter crosses disciplinary boundaries, linking the neuroscience of laughter with social science analyses about the power of humor. Students will be able to explain how humor can be a crucial tool to cope with painful and even repressive circumstances. They also will investigate how comedians and political activists use humor and other art forms to push for political and social change.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUL-24-2024
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