This course studies the humor of primarily contemporary American culture. The course demonstrates how humor gives keen insight into the character of social roles, social structure, social institutions, subcultures and other sociological categories. To determine who laughs at what and why, we analyze jokes, movies, television programs and commercials, humorous writings, standup comedy, and other ways of communicating the comic. By studying what makes us laugh, we gain insight into our society, ourselves, and our social/historical situations.

Lecture Hours: 3.00 Lab Hours: 0Total Hours: 3.00