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Contributed by Laurie Arliss on 04/17/2014
Communication, Culture and Rhetoric (web/online course) will investigate the rhetorical dimensions of the longest-running sitcom in America, The Simpsons. Students will learn how signs and symbols influence us through a process called rhetoric. As they become ‘Simpsonologists’ , students will examine various episodes paying special attention to the ways in which The Simpsons functions as both rhetoric and satire—how it serves as corrective comedy to issues such as consumerism, nationality, sexuality, inequality and political dysfunction.
Have you ever wondered about the religiosity of Ned Flanders, the feminist sensibilities of Lisa Simpson, and the national identity of Apu Nahaspeemapetilon? Are these elements really sites of struggle among political, economic, and social forces? Analyzing questions like these will lead to a better understanding of popular culture and how it can affect one’s sense of self.
Fulfills: 3 credits GE 1: Self & Society, (ICC) - Humanities, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Theme: Identities
Enroll online under: Comm, Culture, & Rhetoric - 10007 - CMST 12000 - 01
Contact Dr. Christopher House at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.