Course ID
EN220-02/IN250-09
Course Section
02/09
Course Title
South Park and Contemporary America
Description
<div title="Page 17"> <div> <div> <p>We can learn much about the object of parody and satire through that parody/satire. In this course students will look at American society through the lens of South Park, the Comedy Central animated situation comedy. Trey Parker and Matt Stone criticize American society through the experiences of their child protagonists—Cartman, Kyle, Stan, and Kenny. This course will explore the social commentary offered by South Park and how humor drives that social commentary. Contemporary American issues may include, race relations, gender, the media, the war in Iraq, film and entertainment, sexual orientation, law enforcement, parenting, and politics. Prerequisite: IN 151.</p> <p>Class meetings will begin with a discussion of the reading(s) for the day and discussion of the day’s blog posts. We will then progress to viewing selected episodes of South Park, with a mind to compare the episode to the topic, focusing on the use of humor to present issues important to American culture. Following the episode will be a discussion of the issue and how Matt Stone and Trey Parker address it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div>
MPSL
N250 U.S. Studies
Number of Credits
3
Adult Enrichment
Yes
Instructor Name(s)
Dr. Michael W. Hollis-George
Class Date(s)
Monday, May 22, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Meeting Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Meeting Times
9am-3pm
Required Text Books
None
CRN
International Travel Course
No