Thunder Bay • Orillia

Type B: Social Sciences - Humour and Society

Sociology 3315 Humour and Society
Humour is quintessentially a social phenomenon. Jokes and other humourous utterances are a form of communication that are usually shared in interaction. These utterances are socially and culturally shaped; often they are particular to place and time, and frequently they provide a window on the moral order. Using a social constructionist perspective, we will consider the uses of humour in different social settings and types of interaction. We will examine humour as an instrument used to challenge political and other forms of power. Finally, we will reflect upon efforts to socially regulate humour through notions of offense and privilege.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Course Classifications: Type B: Social Sciences