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IL024 - Laughter: A Transdisciplinary Approach

  • Module code: IL024
  • Module name: Laughter: A Transdisciplinary Approach
  • Department: Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning
  • Credit: 12, 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Laughter is one of the most frequent and important manifestations of emotion and affect in social interaction, yet it tends to be ignored in the growing field of the study of emotion. What makes us laugh? What happens when we laugh? Why do we laugh? Indeed, what is laughter? All these questions and more will be the subject of this module. We will examine the phenomenon of laughter from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives including neuroscience, philosophy, film and television, and literary studies.

Principal learning outcomes

The core design is that each week a subject specialist will deliver 60 minutes of discipline- grounded material; this section is followed by a further 60 minutes in which the students and module leader will develop the learning in an interdisciplinary style, including using the week’s set text/film.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will consist of 10 two hour sessions, for around twenty students, from across the University's departments.

Departmental link

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/iatl/activities/modules/ugmodules/laughter/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: IL024-12)
A (Assessed work only) Marking Exercise 50%
  Reflective Journal (5000 words) 50%
15 CATS (Module code: IL024-15)
A (Assessed work only) Marking Exercise 30%
  Forum Moderation and Responses 20%
  Reflective Journal (5000 words) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • in English Language and Linguistics (with Intercalated year) (Q311) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (with Study Abroad) (QW26) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (X3Q5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (X3Q5) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (with Year Abroad) (X3Q6) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (with Year Abroad) (X3Q6) - Year 4