Teaching Humor

Numerous courses on humor research are taught at various academic institutions. There is also an annual International Humor Studies Seminar (endorsed by the ISHS) andjournal papers on teaching of humor as an academic subject (Let me know of further links suitable to be listed here).

Teaching humor-I: Courses at universities

Links to web-sites containing information (i.e.,course syllabus, selected readings, etc.) on courses held on humorand laughter 

Not (yet) on the net but the syllabus is availablefrom the course director:

  • American Humor (summer 1996) by Larry Mintz
  • Perspectives on Popular Culture: Television Situation Comedy (summer 1998) by Larry Mintz

Teaching humor-II: Summer schools

International HumorStudies Seminar at University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, USA.

  • Contact: Amy Carrell
    Department of English
    University of Central Oklahoma
    Edmond, OK 73034-0184, USA
    Phone: (405) 341-2980, ext. 5609; fax: (405) 330-3823
    E-mail: acarrell[at]aix1.ucok.edu

    Past Seminars

  • 1st International Humor Studies Seminar: July 1996 (Faculty: Don Nilsen & Willibald Ruch)
  • 2nd International Humor Studies Seminar: July 1997 (Faculty: William Fry & Rod Martin)
  • 3nd International Humor Studies Seminar (link extinct): July 1998 (Faculty: Elliott Oring & Amy Carrell on Humor Studies ; Michael Titze & Waleed Salameh on Humor and Health)
  • 4th International Humor Studies Seminar (linc extinct) June 21 - 26, 1999 (Faculty: Rod A. Martin & Amy Carrell)

    The Humour Lab, a Summer Course (August 6-14, 2001) organized by Sibe Doosje, M.Sc.

    contact: Sibe Doosje
    Department of Health Psychology
    P.O. Box 80140
    3508 TC Utrecht
    The Netherlands
    e-mail: S.Doosje@fss.uu.nl

    International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications

  • ISS01 at Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland 25th - 30th June 2001.
    • Teaching faculty: Paul McGhee & Willibald Ruch
    • Guest Teaching Faculty: Dr. Christie Davies, Dr. Frank A. Rodden, Dr. Barbara Wild
      • Topics covered: What is Humour? Universality of Facial Expression, Evolution of Smiling, Laughter and Humour, The Development of Humour in Children, The Facial Action Coding System--FACS, Morphology and Dynamics of Smiling and Laughter, Humour and Health, Humour Skills Training Programme, Theories of Humour, Humour, Laughter and the Brain, Humour in the Workplace, The Comparative Study of Jokes, The Sense of Humour: Approaches and Measurement

      Report on the Summer School. The summer school received considerable attention by the local and national media. International coverage was provided by a documentary produced by Annemieke Smit from VPRO-television, a public television channel. She and her Dutch TV crew filmed the school's progress and produced a 25-minute science show on humor and laughter. The report was broadcasted on September 6th as part of their weekly science program, called Northern Lights.

  • ISS02 at Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, 24th - 29th June 2002.
  • ISS03 at University of Edinbugh, Scotland, UK, 15th - 20th September 2003
  • ISS04 at University of Wolverhampton, England, UK, 6th -11th September 2005
  • ISS05 at University of Tübingen, Germany, July 25th - 30th, 2005
  • ISS06 at University of Fribourg, Switzerland, July 10th - 15th 2006
  • ISS07 at University of Aberdeen, UK, July 9th - 14th, 2007
  • ISS08 at Dunarea de Jos University, Galati, Romania, June 23th - 28th, 2008
  • ISS09 at University Granada, Spain, June 29th - July 4th, 2009


Teaching humor-III: Humor literature on the net

  • Humor Databases
    • Laughingly Referred To (An Interdisciplinary Bibliography of Published Work in the Field of Humour Studies and Research) compiled by Jason
      Laughingly Referred To is now searchable!
    • Literaturliste des Pragmatischen Kolloquiums Freiburg (link extinct)
    • Theorizing Satire: A Bibliography by Brian A. Connery
    Individual articles and reports
  • Humor material and demonstrations

Teaching humor-IV: Reflections and a survey

  • Endlich, E. (1993). Teaching the psychology of humor. Teaching of Psychology, 20, 181-183. (Reference to teaching the psychology of humor)
  • Wycoff, E.B. (1999). Humor in the academy: An international survey of humor instruction. HUMOR, 12, 427-456.

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