Course: An Introduction to British comedy

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Course title An Introduction to British comedy
Course code KAJ/BTVK
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Czaban Tomas James, M.A.
Course content
1. An introduction to British comedy. The history of British comedy, key themes and how British comedy has changed over time. 2. Fawlty Towers. The impact of John Cleese and the Cambridge footlights. Class divide as a comedic vehicle. 3. Nathan Barely. British comedy as social commentary; how it reflects modern life back to us. 4. Black Books. How British comedy plays on regional and national stereotypes; combining the fantastical and the realistic. 5. Comparing the British office and the Amercian office. Why 'awkward British humour' fails to translate in the US. 6. Extras. How British comedy deals with the phenomenen of fame and celebrity. 7. Little Britain. An exploration of Britain's enduring love affair with the sketch show. 8. The IT crowd. A look at how British comedy stereotypes specific social groups. 9. Father Ted Bridging the gap between religion and comedy. 10. The Vicar of Dibley/Birds of a Feather The role of British comedy in bringing family units together. 11. I'm Alan Partridge. Mad dogs and Englishmen: The role of the eccentric oddball in British comedy. 12. Men Behaving badly. The sex divide and the rise of 'lad culture.' 13. The Thin blue line. How British comedy approaches authority. 14. Only Fools and Horses. The comedy of rich vs poor: traversing the class divide.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
Through a series of seminars this course aims to familiarize students with the intricacies of British comedy - a crucial skill for cross-cultural understanding. The course will mainly utilise audiovisual materials. Students will consolidate their spoken English skills through a series of discussions and exercise on the topic.
Practical skills in speaking, discussing a variety of cultural and social aspects of the life in the UK.
Prerequisites
Language level B1 according to CEFR

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment

Attendance, active participation, in-class presentation
Recommended literature
  • Audiovisual materials (tbc).
  • British TV Comedies: Cultural Concepts, Contexts and Controversies (Kamm and Neumann).
  • The Naked Jape: Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes (Jimmy Carr).


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -