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2020-2021 Catalog

A&S 359 Sociology of Humor

In this course we will analyze humor from a sociological perspective. Humor is a quintessentially social phenomenon and thus a powerful mode for understanding the social world. Humor serves many important social functions, including: social cohesion, social consolation, liberation, or transcendence, and maintenance of moral order. Through theoretical discussion of empirical examples, we will come to understand the socio-cultural dynamics of humor and the social functions of funniness.


A&S 102 or A&S 103