GLOA 400: Global Affairs Capstone

GLOA 400-B01: Global Affairs Capstone - Humor and Global Politics
(Summer 2019)

Online

Section Information for Summer 2019

This course explores the role of humor and satire in global political discourse. We begin the course with an examination of the work of Habermas, as well as those who have appropriated and/or critiqued his formulation of the public sphere. This discussion will be followed by a consideration of humor and satire as a form of political communication, drawing on Bakhtin’s discussion of the carnivalesque. Finally, we will read Foucault on “regimes of truth” to analyze debate around “fake news” (both in terms of disinformation and news parody.) We will then consider how scholars have taken up these theoretical frameworks to analyze the use of entertainment television (such as The Daily Show in the US and Les Guignols de l'info in France) to promote public debate. Students will be asked to critically evaluate concepts such as the public sphere and “regimes of truth” as they consider whether, why, and how particular media forms allow for (or fail to allow for) critical engagement with issues of public concern. They will also be asked to consider the potential and limits of dissident laughter in effecting political change. Course readings and critical media viewing will allow us to consider how cultural, economic, and political context shapes what circulates where and why. Through an examination of these various topics, this course aims to consider what it might mean for media to be “democratic.”

GLOA 400 B01 is a distance education section.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Students draw from interdisciplinary core and concentration coursework in order to synthesize, compare and consolidate the various approaches and theories explored throughout the major through a focus on a pressing global issue. Additionally, course is designed to further develop research, writing, presentation, and organizational skills.May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of GLOA 101 or SOCI 120 and 18 credits in major.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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