Instructor DAISY RAPHAEL will be delivering an online course - POLI 3750 OL: "POLITICAL HUMOUR: POWER AND RESISTANCE" during our SS II/III 2020 session.
SSII/III classes will begin on July 6th and classes end on August 17th, 2020.
The CRN # for this summer course is: 20519. It has a registration limit of 40 students.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: As entertainment and information converge on The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and Saturday Night Live, and as satirical news stories from The Beaverton and Walking Eagle circulate on social media, political communications scholars ask: can citizens be entertained and informed at the same time? Is news satire "fake news" or a real source of information about politics? Does political humour speak truth to power or reproduce existing power structures? Can laughter be a form of political resistance? This 3000-level online course invites students to consider these questions in the Canadian and American political contexts. Political humour, broadly conceived includes: fiction, political cartoons, sketch comedy, stand-up, satirical news, and memes. We will consider the ways these media shape politicians' images and influence election debates, and we will use concepts like gender, race, and nation to consider how social movements use humour as a form of resistance. Conceiving of "politics" broadly as struggles for power, this course is of interest to students in Political Scieince, Women and Gender Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sociology, and English.