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This course is designed to improve your academic and language skills, with emphasis placed on thesis-driven writing. To achieve this you will critically interact with, discuss and write about a wide range of texts (e.g. theological, scientific, psychological, literary, etc.) thematically linked to the concept of humor. Throughout the course, you will be asked to consider your definition of humor and the personal and societal factors that influence how you define what is funny. You will be asked to consider humor from a variety of perspectives and by asking questions including: What is humor? What function does it serve in society? How do I use humor? Is it acceptable/unacceptable to laugh at sexist and/or racist jokes? Answers to these questions and others will develop based on class discussions and shared interpretations of texts.
Arlene Lahey previously taught English in South Korea (2011-2015) and English for Academic Purposes at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada (2015). She has a B.A. in Political Science from Dalhousie University (1990), and a TESOL Diploma from St. Mary's University (2011), both in Halifax, Canada. In 2016, she received her M.A. in Literary Linguistics from the University of Nottingham, U.K. For her dissertation, she applied a textworld theory approach to an analysis of authorial intention in Marion Toew's Swing Low.