Serious Humor: Language, Comedy Activism and Social Justice

Schools of Public Engagement: Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Serious Humor

Spring 2022

Taught By: Stephanie Szitanyi

Section: A

CRN: 11069

Credits: 3

What power does humor hold as a catalyst for social justice? What common practices (or differences) does humor share throughout the world? And how does language play an important role in the use of humor as a powerful tool on the global stage? The course engages with these questions by analyzing a variety of humor performances (stand-up, improv, etc.), humor texts, as well as media dissemination and audience reception. Through a wide-range of readings, including, Aacker and Bagdonas’ “Humor Seriously: Why Humor is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life”, students will discover their own preferred language(s) of humor and how it/they can be harnessed into forms of activism. Course assignments include both analytical and creative approaches, offering students the flexibility to work on semester-long projects in relation to their individualized academic interests and professional goals. To assist students in tailoring assignments to specific fields of interest, the course will feature guest speakers, offering expert insight into the use of humor for social justice in the context of a variety of cultures and industries - China, France, Spain, and the U.S. The course is in English and materials will be readily available in English.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Foreign Languages (NFLN)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:22am 1/20/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/26/2022 - 5/11/2022