Course Info: HACU-0229

CourseHACU-0229 Hate, Hope & Humor
Long TitleHate, Hope & Humor
Note(s) Textbook information
Meeting InfoR.W. Kern Center 202 on M,W from 1:00-2:20
FacultyViveca Greene
Cumulative Skill(s)
Additional InfoStudents are expected to spend a minimum of 6-8 hours of work outside of class time per week Students may not be registered in both LCSEM-0127 and HACU-0229

Stand up, satirical news, and memes: How do these and other humor-related cultural forms allow both right-wing extremists and the members of the many groups those extremists target (immigrants, racial/ethnic/religious minorities, queer people, women, etc.) to challenge the status quo? What is the power and are the limitations of these cultural forms? In this discussion-based and writing-intensive course, students grappled with humor's many social and political functions, and in relation to white supremacy, rape culture, and other weighty issues. Course readings included literature by scholars in communication, media studies, sociology, psychology, political science, and ethnic studies, which we drew from in analyzing specific performances and platforms. Ultimately students produced a final research project on a humor-related topic of their own choosing, and presented it to the class.