Day School: Sanity, Laughter and Humour

Ref: C2225253

This is a One Day School where we welcome guest speaker, Caroline Phillips. The ability to laugh and a sense of humour are two of the most important facets of our humanity. This Day School will look at how laughter possesses a subversive power that can shake us out of states of gloom, detaching us from the way such states threaten our well-being. The irreverence shown through laughter and humour enables us to stand back from a situation and to free ourselves from the isolation imposed by sadness. The laughter created by figures such as clowns, fools and tricksters, is both restorative and healing. Their activities inevitably overlap; but while the clown is essentially naïve, the trickster is anything but simple, and the fool stands half-way between the two. We find these characters in fairy tales, folklore, and drama. They provoke thought and laughter as they go, and help us to keep sane.

Course aim

This course will provide an introduction to understand how laughter possesses a subversive power that can shake us out of states of gloom, detaching us from the way such states threaten our well-being.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Gain knowledge of the importance of laughter and humour and how their function has been explored in fields such as philosophy and psychoanalysis
  • Be acquainted with the perpetrators of humour such as clowns, fools and tricksters, and appreciate the different approaches of the three types.
  • Gain knowledge of where clowns, fools and tricksters are to be found in fairy tale, folklore, and drama

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Day School: Sanity, Laughter and Humour Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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