SES224 - Canadian Humour

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Subject Title
Canadian Humour

Subject Description
Do Canadians have a sense of humour?  Is it distinct and can it be linked to larger notions of identity?  These questions will be examined through an exploration of some historical aspects of Canadian humour and its evolution to present day.  The motivation behind the use of humour will also be examined and will extend to the idea that humour can often be a commentary on political ideology and social values.  Examples will be drawn from a variety of sources, including short stories, essays, stand-up routines, newspaper articles, radio and television, political cartoons and others.  Through a research project and various other written assignments, students will have the opportunity to take humour seriously and consider its impact and message for Canadians. 

Credit Status
One liberal studies elective credit

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

  1. Discuss and define types of humour, including terminology related to the presentation of comedic works of literature and other forms of media.
  2. Discuss key points, events and figures in the evolution of Canadian humour from the early 1900s continuing through to present day.
  3. Analyze similarities among various works both in terms of style and/or underlying theme.
  4. Demonstrate proficient research skills using a standard documentation format designated by the Professor through a research project.
  5. Produce organized written assignments that demonstrate clearly written claims, arguments, and well-constructed paragraphs and incorporate appropriate support.

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