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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Stuart Grant


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)

Chief examiner(s)

Stuart Grant

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Drama and theatre studies


Minor sequence in COM, DTS or other approved discipline