What makes us laugh?

Ref: C2338023

Is there such a thing as a national sense of humour? We will explore what has made us laugh down the years including farce, bawdy humour, verbal wit, music hall, situation comedy and much more. There will be plenty of opportunity for course members to share what makes them laugh.Humour is notoriously personal but there are (serious but not solemn) things that can be said about the nature of humour and its importance.

Course aim

We often hear about the 'British sense of humour'. This course will explore whether there is such a thing and if there is what it might consist of.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify a number of different kinds of humour
  • Explain what makes situations funny
  • Understand the importance of humour
  • Be able to discuss the vexed question of whether there is a national sense of humour with some confidence

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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What makes us laugh?

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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