|Type||Short duration course, short course|
|Nominal duration||7.8.-23.8.2018 (5 ECTS)|
EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
Expenses for Special Courses
A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses. See course-specific requirements below >> target students.
All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. A good command of English is necessary for completing the course (following teaching, participating in classroom discussions, writing essays) as well as managing day-to-day matters in Finland. An applicant can be rejected if his/her level of English is not deemed equivalent to the standards.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Humour, politics and the media are intertwined in many different ways. Publicity of politics is more entertaining-oriented than before, and the world of entertainment deals with politics more explicitly. This course explores how politicians, advertisers, activists, satirists, and we as audiences use humour to make sense of topical issues and our lives. The rising significance of promotional cultures, the internet and social media, as well as the so-called post-truth politics are explored in order to provide an overview on the politics of humour in today’s hybrid media landscape.
The course offers lectures, group work and individual assignments to analyse contemporary mediated humor from various perspectives.
During the course the students will learn the basic concepts and theories for understanding contemporary mediated humour. Through classical theories of humour the student can identify cognitive, semantic and psychological functions of humour, whereas perspectives of sociology, political science and communication studies provide means to analyse the social functions of mediated humour.
After completing the course the students will be able to analyse complex empirical cases of mediated humour performances and texts. They will understand how particular historical, cultural, political and technological contexts provide frames for humorous texts and their interpretation. The students will also acknowledge the ambiguous nature of humour, its paradoxical consequences and the conflicting interpretations it might foster.
Team work, discussions and presentations will allow the students to develop their social skills in a multicultural environment. Presentations and individual work also develop analytical and rhetorical skills needed in academic settings.
Course format and teaching methods
The course format includes a pre-course assignment, lectures, visits to and by practitioners, reading and group discussions, and an individual assignment.
The course is designed for master’s and doctoral students of social sciences, media and communication studies, political science, sociology, journalism, cultural studies, and arts.
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You may contact the course coordinator with questions concerning the course content.
With any other questions concerning Helsinki Summer Schoool or the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.
NB! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018. However the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until July 20th, 2018.