The Philosophy of Humour

Ref: C3744335

Humour is one of the most common human phenomena. Yet, humour raises many questions regarding its nature, its value as well as its ethical status. This course looks at how humour has been described by philosophers over the centuries, as well as at the contemporary debate around it.

Course aim

This course aims to discuss fundamental questions around the nature and morality of humour and to introduce the main contemporary philosophical views on the matter.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Identify issues underlying the phenomenon of humour
  • Present different views on the topics discussed
  • Compare and contrast philosophical positions explored
  • Describe complex philosophical views on humour
  • Apply philosophical learning to contemporary public issues

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

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Philosophy of Humour

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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