CUL342 - Satire: The Power of Laughter

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Subject Title
Satire: The Power of Laughter

Subject Description
Satire is a form of art that attacks and criticizes cultural trends in other words, it is a form of protest.  Historically, those in power have feared the revolutionary potential of satire, and, not surprisingly, it has been routinely suppressed and sidelined. Yet, as Michael Moore asserts, You can't kill satire. There aren't enough bullets in the world to stop all the laughter that will eventually drown the hate and the stupidity.  Satire always manages to flourish. This course offers a historical overview of satire's central methods and modes; we begin in Ancient Greece and Rome, progress through 18th- and 19th-century satiric trends, and end with an examination of 21st-century satire. From artful Ancient Roman rants on greed and materialism to the acid wit of Jonathan Swift, Chris Rock and Stephen Colbert, satire will be observed to operate within a wide range of media from poems, short stories, and visual art, to films, television, stand-up, and digital media. As satires are rooted in their historic moment, the cultural contexts of our selection will be emphasized. Students will gain a strong appreciation of contemporary satire  and may even be inspired to write their own satire! 

Credit Status
One general education credit in the Arts & Humanities category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this Course, the student will be able to:

1)         Define the main modes/styles of satire in order to classify and evaluate satiric productions.
2)         Recognize the historical development of satire across various media to assess both innovation and continuity in satiric art.
3)         Explain the relationship between form/structure and content as the foundation of satiric technique (in various media).
4)         Evaluate the political, ethical, and social perspectives of satirists.
5)         Analyze a satirical work to showcase its satiric strategies and targets.
6)         Develop critical thinking and communication skills (written and oral) through various projects analyzing satire.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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