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COM3700 - Comedy

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Peter Murphy


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the study of comedic drama, the comic novel, existential comedy, philosophies of humour and laughter, comic imagery and comic irony. It explores the comic foundations of social order and the role of incongruity and paradox in social and personal relations.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of

  1. the principles of the comedic genre,
  2. the anthropological, social, and philosophical assumptions of comedic dramaturgy and comedic narratives, and
  3. the role of comedy in the creation of social order, comedy as a genre of mass-media


Written work: 100% (4500 words)

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar per week


Minor sequence in COM, DTS or other approved discipline



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